Association of Anaesthetists/Anaesthesia Research Grant

Anaesthesia 2018 LARGE
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Up to £80,000 available

The closing date for applications is noon, Friday 20 September 2019


Information and conditions

The Association research strategy focuses on supporting the following key areas:

  • Patient safety
  • Innovation
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Education and training
  • Related professional issues (e.g. standards and guidelines, working conditions, medicolegal issues, etc)
  • The environment
  • Network based or other audits, QA/QI projects that may involve guideline implementation

The strategy is also informed by the results from the James Lind Alliance/NIAA Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership which concluded in 2015. (More details of this exercise are available on our website).

To have a chance of being successful, applications for Association of Anaesthetists funding must clearly demonstrate how the proposed project meets one or more of the above aims, as well as providing value for money. Projects that are not clearly aligned with our aims will not be funded. (Please note - it is unlikely that a project can meet more than one or two of these aims, and we suggest applicants be realistic when justifying their chosen area of work).

Suitable projects may be large research studies, small clinical/benchtop projects, idea (innovation) development, observational studies/data collection, quality improvements and clinical audits (though the latter are unlikely to receive Association funding if they are small, 'routine' local audits). Any amount of funding may be sought, from purchase of small pieces of equipment up to research fellowships, but every item of cost must be specified and will be carefully scrutinised during the awards process; applications for unreasonable or unrealistic amounts of funding will not proceed to the final stage of the process. Typical amounts might be:

  • Up to £10,000 for small projects, these grants will be targeted to support those new to research
  • Up to £30,000 for larger projects

These amounts are not fixed and the Association wishes to be as flexible as possible whilst ensuring good value for money.

Please note that unless you inform us that your study is suitable for NIHR portfolio adoption, applications for under £5,000 will be reviewed internally by the NIAA Grant Committee and will not be sent for external peer review. If you intend to apply for portfolio support, please confirm this on the application form in the space provided.

The work must be done within Great Britain or Ireland. Applicants should indicate whether support for their project has been granted or is currently under review from locally available research funds, or from other bodies. If you are unsure about eligibility please enquire.

Salaries may be payable in the form of part-time fellowships for doctors and salaries for technicians or other assistants. Superannuation and National Insurance contributions (or Irish equivalent) should be included.

Basic equipment that would normally be provided by the institution, e.g. computers and standard software, will not be eligible for support except under very exceptional circumstances. Requests for specialised equipment may be supported, but evidence must be given that the expertise to use the equipment is available. Equipment running and maintenance costs must be considered and these should be reasonable and sufficient to allow the equipment to be used for the duration of the grant. A competitive quotation and reasons for choice should be provided. VAT should be included where appropriate.

All equipment remains the property of the Association of Anaesthetists and must be labelled as such. At the end of the project the equipment will be donated to the department but should continue to be labelled with the source of provision. It is the express wish of the Association that any equipment will continue to be used for research purposes.

The Association of Anaesthetists will not contribute to any other indirect costs and may also decline requests for conference travel.

The Association of Anaesthetists will wish to share any intellectual property rights and income arising from this work with the host institution, and applicants must obtain agreement for this from their institution before applying, if this is likely.

Applicants should indicate their qualifications and experience to carry out the project. The recipient of the grant must be in a permanent post although the Principal Investigator could be in a trainee appointment.

Successful applicants will be asked to produce a first year and interim or final report for posting on the NIAA website, which will also be sent to the Association of Anaesthetists. Please note that applicants who do not submit their progress reports on time may not be permitted to apply for further funding until the outstanding report is provided.


Submission

The closing date for applications is noon, Friday 20 September 2019

To apply for the Association of Anaesthetists/Anaesthesia Research Grant, please download and complete the application form below.

 Association_Anaesthesia Research Grant Application Form 2019 R2.docx (718 KB)


All applications and requested supporting paperwork must be uploaded as a single pdf document using ScholarOne. Please click the link below for instructions on how to do this.

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Please be advised that incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the full application is successfully uploaded before the closing date. You will receive an automated acknowledgment email once your application has been received by us. Note that there is no longer any requirement to submit a hard copy of your application.