Grant Applications

Assistance with grant applications

We are able to provide some assistance with preparation of grant applications for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research proposals involving at least two of the research groups participating in the Stirling Behavioural Medicine Research Group (see Research tab). In order to achieve our aim of gaining significant funding, this assistance will be targeted at moderate to large scale projects (more than £250,000). Once the proposed PPI group is established, we hope to also be able to offer help or advice on patient and public involvement.

Our steering group (see below) meets regularly to determine which projects are most appropriate for this assistance. If you wish to apply for help in preparing a current or imminent proposal, please complete the following e-form and email it to:

Steering group members

Steering group members

What makes a successful grant application?

It is not easy to predict which applications will be successful. However, some important points to note are the need to:

  • Ensure that this research falls within the remit of the proposed funder
  • Make a clear case for why this particular research is needed, including an emphasis on how this research will add to existing knowledge
  • Provide a detailed identification of the issue to be investigated, including a thorough review of existing research (not re-inventing the wheel)
  • Be clear on the research objectives/questions and describe how the chosen methodology will achieve these aims
  • Clearly describe the methodology, including detailed description of any interventions and justification of chosen sample size; state why the proposed recruitment is achievable, ideally include pilot data
  • Keep the writing clear and simple throughout, avoid jargon and acronyms; you need to ‘sell’ to diverse groups including nurses, GPs, economists, the public
  • Ensure the project is adequately and appropriately resourced (time, personnel, costs) and indicate why it provides value for money
  • Make sure the project team includes sufficient expertise across all relevant disciplines (including economists, NHS personnel, statisticians, as required)
  • Convince that you can deliver on your proposal
  • Ensure appropriate patient and public involvement
  • Ensure adequate project management procedures are in place
  • Read and re-read the applicant guidelines provided by the funder and check that you have met all of their requirements
  • Make sure your lay summary/abstract presents a concise and convincing argument as to why your work should be funded: often reviewers will not read the full text.

Examples of successful grant applications

Some of our members have kindly agreed to allow sight of previously successful grant applications with major funding bodies, which may be helpful in guiding future grant submissions. Please note all of this material should be treated as confidential and for your use alone. For this reason these applications will only be made available to members of the SBMRG group.

Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Scotland

Title: A randomised controlled trial of a brief psychological intervention to increase the uptake of colorectal cancer screening in Scotland

Grantholders: Professor Ronan O’Carroll (PI), Professor Robert Steele, Mrs Gillian Libby, Mrs Linda Brownlee, Dr Julie Chambers.

Please email Jody Quigley ( quoting ARTICS to request a copy.


National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

Researcher-led call

Title: Implementation of an evidence-based pelvic floor muscle training intervention for women with pelvic organ prolapse (PROlapse and PFMT: implementing Evidence Locally - PROPEL)

Grantholders: Professor Margaret Maxwell (PI), Suzanne Hagen, Dr Edward Duncan, Dr Purva Abhyankar, Professor Cathryn Glazener, Dr Helen Mason, Ms Debbie Gordon, Dr Karen Guerrero, Ms Kate Lough, Mr Andrew Elders, Ms Eileen Calveley.

Please email Jody Quigley ( quoting PROPEL outline and/or PROPEL full to request a copy.

Themed call

Title: Patient Centred Assessment Method (PCAM): improving nurse-led biopsychosocial assessment of patients with long-term conditions and co-morbid mental health needs.

Grantholders: Professor Margaret Maxwell (PI), Professor Stewart Mercer, Dr Carina Hibberd, Dr Isobel Cameron, Dr Rebekah Pratt, Ms Christine Hoy.

Please email Jody Quigley ( quoting PCAM outline and/or PCAM full to request a copy.


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Title: Childhood self-control and adult health

Grantholder: Dr Michael Daly.

Please email Jody Quigley ( quoting ESRC to request a copy.


Further resources

See the Aditional information tab for additional material which may be helpful in grant preparation.

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