research grants

The key aim is that the Trust’s funding should encourage and support high quality research aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people. To achieve this all research applications are appraised against criteria set out within a Research Funding Strategy.

Areas of Interest

Applications in the following areas are of particular interest to the Trust:

  • care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care 
  • reseach into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing.

The Trust is particularly keen to support applied research projects on a smaller scale than are normally considered by major funders such as the Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust.


Will be given to:

  • clinical and applied research
  • health services research
  • public health research
  • social care research
  • research carried out on a multidisciplinary basis
  • activities that will expand the research capacity in the above areas.

Applicants will be expected to provide a clear demonstration of what the research is expected to achieve within a reasonable time frame, in terms of patient benefit/improving the health and wellbeing of older people.

What can be applied for

The Trust will consider applications for direct costs such as staffing, consumables, buildings or equipment for specific purposes related to research within the designated priority areas.

For more information on project and programme grants click on Research Grants.

For more information on research-related infrastructure grants click on Research-related Grants.

Travel or conference fees will only be supported where these are an integral part of a research project.

Exceptionally, the Trust may endow innovative academic posts within the priority areas.

Note: Although the Trust does not award grants to cover the revenue or capital costs of hospices, research undertaken within a hospice setting is eligible for consideration.


The Trust will not fund the following:

  • Organizations based outside the United Kingdom, or whose work primarily benefits people outside the UK
  • Research via a third party (such as a fundraising charity supporting research).
  • Issues that are already well-funded in the UK, such as heart disease, cancer or HIV/AIDS
  • Sponsorship of individuals
  • Sponsorship of conferences or charitable events
  • Institutional overheads associated with research activity (i.e. the Trust will NOT pay the full economic cost of research activities)

Who will be supported

Grants will normally be made directly to researchers within academic or NHS institutions, rather than through a third party such as a grant-making charity that fundraises. The lead applicant should be the Principal Investigator responsible for the research.

Terms and conditions

Research and research-related grants.

Intellectual Property Agreement

In certain circumstances, the Trust may make any grant offer to support research conditional upon securing an Intellectual Property Agreement (see specimen) for the sharing of any commercial revenues that may arise as a result of the work it has funded.

Joint Research Fellowships

These are intended to expand research capacity in areas designated as a priority by the Trust and are awarded in partnership with appropriate organizations.  Currently, the Trust supports Joint Research Fellowships in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Wales.  The appointment procedures and closing dates vary, and potential applicants need to satisfy specific conditions as set by the Trust’s partners.


The Dunhill Medical Trust is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). We support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments. This research only takes place where there is no alternative available. All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this statement.

  1. Research Grant Guidelines for applicants
  2. Research Grant Outline Application Form
  3. Research-related Grants Guidelines for applicants
  4. Research-Related Grants Outline Application Form
  5. Grant Making Policy
  6. Terms and Conditions for Research & Research-related grants
  7. Research Funding Strategy
  8. Intellectual Property Agreement
  9. Open Access Policy