what do we fund?

The Charitable Objects of THE DUNHILL MEDICAL TRUST are:

  • the furtherance of medical knowledge and research and the publication of the results arising from the research
  • provision of medical care and facilities
  • research into the care of older people and
  • the provision of care and accommodation for older people.

Within these Objects THE DUNHILL MEDICAL TRUST supports four main areas of activity:

  • the development of new and innovative projects
  • support for pilot research studies that could establish whether major funding is justified
  • pump-priming projects that have the potential to develop and attract other sources of funding
  • developing research capacity within the medical, clinical and scientific community, particularly where this relates to issues of ageing and older people.

THE DUNHILL MEDICAL TRUST's main focus for support is research into ageing and older people, and other activities which reflect the national demographic of an increasingly ageing population.

All requests for funding are first appraised against criteria set out within DMT’s Grant Making Policy. To view click on GRANT MAKING POLICY

The DMT Annual REPORT AND ACCOUNTS disclose all grants made in the last financial year.

THE DUNHILL MEDICAL TRUST make grants under two broad headings: RESEARCH GRANTS and GENERAL GRANTS.

Research Grants

All requests for research funding are appraised against criteria set out within DMT’s Research Funding Strategy, in addition to the basic criteria set out in the Grant Making Policy.

To view the RESEARCH FUNDING STRATEGY click here

RESEARCH GRANTS take the following forms:

  • Project and programme grants. See RESEARCH GRANTS 
  • Research related infrastructure costs (i.e. buildings or equipment for specific research-related purposes). See RESEARCH-RELATED GRANTS
  • Joint Research Fellowships, which are awarded in partnership with Royal Colleges and other professional bodies.
  • DMT Research Training Fellowships, which are intended to provide training opportunities for clinicians, health professionals and scientists who wish to pursue a research career in ageing, rehabilitation or palliative care. See RESEARCH TRAINING FELLOWSHIPS

The Trust particularly welcomes applications involving health and social care research. Further information can be found in this flyer and set of specific FAQs.

General Grants

As a general rule, to qualify for consideration applications MUST be for an activity with a focus on older people. There are four categories of award.

  • building grants
  • equipment grants
  • core costs/staffing grants
  • small grants, usually under £20k

To learn more click on GENERAL GRANTS.


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