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Small Pilot grants

Pilot grants Tenovus

Small pilot grants

These grants, up to £20,000, support pump priming research studies of up to 18 months’ duration.

  1. Preference is given to:
    • Preliminary pump priming studies, which are thought likely to lead to subsequent funding from major grant-giving bodies
    • Innovative patient-related projects
    • Early career investigators
    • Applications from investigators lacking other substantive support in the early stages of a new project
    • Recent recruits
    • New collaborations between established investigators
  2. Tenovus Scotland does not fund:
    • Applications which are not properly certificated
    • Applications for work that will be conducted outside of the relevant region
    • Partial funding for projects supported by other grant funds
    • Applications that fail to provide evidence of appropriate ethical permission, or statistical justification for sample/cohort sizes (where appropriate)
    • Equipment for routine patient care or for assessment of new products, which the manufacturer might be expected to finance
  3. Furthermore, while there are no hard rules, Tenovus Scotland does not usually fund:
    • Applications from established investigators for work within their usual field of expertise
    • Applications from PhD students
    • Applications for follow-on work previously funded by Tenovus Scotland, except in exceptional circumstances
  4. Additional points:
    • While Tenovus Scotland is happy to receive applications from postdoctoral researchers, these require clear support from their current supervisor (usually as co-applicants).
    • It is important that the principal investigator has tenure of contract for the duration of the award.  In occasional cases where this is not the case, the nominated co-applicant who will substitute as principal investigator must be clearly identified
    • The proposed start date and project duration should be clearly indicated on the application form
    • The Tenovus Scotland Regional Reference Code for each project must be used on all correspondence including and in particular on all invoices submitted to the relevant Tenovus Scotland region for payment
    • Support is mainly provided for the purchase of equipment for research and/or running costs although, from time to time when funds are available, applications may be considered for salary support or for research studentships
    • All applications will be submitted to detailed peer review

Please apply to the address below for a Grant Application Form.

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AB, HS, IV, KW, ZE to:  Mr J F S Young,
Regional Secretary
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Closing date: 31 March
EH, FK, TD to:   Mrs K Rich
Regional Secretary  
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Closing date: 1 May
DD,  KY, PH to:  Ms V Borthwick
Regional Secretary
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Closing date: 16 October 2017
G, DG,  KA, ML, PA

to: Mrs S Ogden
Regional Secretary 
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Closing dates: 15 February and 15 September


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