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Small Pilot grants

Pilot grants Tenovus

 Small pilot grants

These grants, up to £25,000 dependent on Region, 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 for work that will be conducted outside of the relevant region
    • 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 ot other students
    • Applications for follow-on work previously funded by Tenovus Scotland, except in exceptional circumstances
    • Partial funding for projects supported by other funders or bodies
  4. Additional points:
    • While Tenovus Scotland is happy to receive applications from postdoctoral researchers, these require clear support from their current supervisor as a co-applcant
    • 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 (please note that the start date should be a minimum of 4 months after the closing date)
    • 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 running costs, although support for equipment specifically for the proposed research may be considered. Large awards (Tayside only) and PhD scholarships normally offer salary or stipend support, but salary support is not usually available for Pilot grants
    • All applications will be submitted to detailed peer review
    • We encourage researchers to publish their research in open-access journals
    • Please do not include letters of support or recommendation

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

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to:  Mr J F S Young,
Regional Secretary
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Closing date: to be decided      Grant amount: Up to £15,000


to:   Ms E Tait 
Regional Secretary  
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Closing date: to be decided      Grant amount: Up to £25,000

DD,  KY, PH to:  Miss Y Gormley
Regional Grants Administrator
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Closing date: 26 September 2024     Grant amount: Up to £20,000    
G, DG,  KA, ML, PA

to: Mrs S Ogden
Regional Secretary 
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Closing dates: 15 February and 15 September      Grant amount: Up to £25,000


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