what do we fund?

 Grants awarded 2015/16The 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

You can see a list and short summary of the grants funded in 2015/16 here.


The Trust makes grants under two broad headings: 

Research Grants and Research Training Fellowships

These are grants made to researchers based in UK universities, the NHS or appropriate independent not-for-profit research organisations (IROs) within the UK which are established to conduct research for the public good and which place results in the public domain.

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.

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 (non research) Grants

These are grants made to small charities and community-based organisations providing accommodation, care or services for older people.  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

Learn more.

Frequently asked questions.

Essential Reading

5th Round of Research Training Fellowships now open. Deadline 27th January 2017.