Ataxia UK will provide funding for innovative and relevant research on the ataxias that fits into an explicit therapeutic strategy. This does not exclude the advancement of scientific knowledge, but such an outcome would need to be clearly linked.

We will consider a variety of proposals, including:

  • Research projects
  • PhD studentships
  • research fellowships
  • travel awards for researchers or students presenting at conferences
  • satellite meetings at major Symposia of other organisations dealing with related disorders, as a way of raising awareness and enhancing collaboration with researchers in these disciplines
  • equipment to be used for ataxia research (by researchers not already in receipt of a grant from Ataxia UK)
  • small grants for research projects (less than £5000)

Selection process

All applicants are encouraged to contact the Research Projects Manager (research@ataxia.org.uk) before submitting a proposal. A two-stage selection process is used to assess the suitability of a proposal for funding. Initially, researchers are asked to submit a preliminary proposal (i.e. a one page summary of research). This is taken to Ataxia UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee, who advises on whether to invite applicants to submit a full application. You can view the members of the Scientific Advisory Committee and terms of reference here. Selected applicants are then invited to submit a full application by completing the full application form. These selected research projects are peer reviewed and assessed by Ataxia UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Ataxia UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee meets three times a year (generally in February, June and October). This Committee advises Ataxia UK's Trustees who then make the final decision on whether to award a grant.

There are two rounds of preliminary applications per year, in January and October. The next deadline for preliminary application will be Tuesday 18th October 2016.

How to apply for funding

If you are interested in applying for a grant from Ataxia UK please contact the Research Projects Manager by emailing research@ataxia.org.uk. For more information about how to apply, see the guidance document for researchers. The types of awards available and the application forms required are listed below.

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