Ataxia UK provides 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, Julie Greenfield ([email protected]) 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 normally two rounds of preliminary applications per year, in June and October. However the next deadline for preliminary applications will be in October.

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 [email protected]. 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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Charities that fund medical research need to show that the research they fund has an impact for people with the condition.

As a member of the Association of Medical Research charities (AMRC), Ataxia UK is using Researchfish (, an online system for collecting information on outputs, outcomes and impact of research. Researchfish allows researchers to link their outputs to the different grants that they hold from funders who are using the system. For more information about this system see the AMRC website.

For researchers in receipt of an Ataxia UK grant

You should enter the relevant information into distinct output types and sections in your Researchfish portfolio. You or a nominated delegate can add, edit and delete entries, which can then be quickly and easily attributed to one or more grant awards you hold with us or with any of the other funding organisations that use Researchfish.

Researchfish has organised training sessions in the form of webinars for researchers, and a short video on their website (under Help section) also demonstrates how to enter, attribute and submit data for a particular grant. Visit Researchfish for further information.

Submission period

Funded researchers will be asked to submit Ataxia UK-related grant evaluation data once a year, during a defined submission period.

After the submission period, portfolio information can be amended and updated at any time throughout the year. Data might be requested after the end of the grant, as it often takes time for some outputs to be realised.

Here are the terms and conditions for submitting Researchfish data.

Use of the Researchfish data

The submitted data will be analysed individually and globally, considering outputs from all our awards in Researchfish, in order to provide information to the Scientific Committee and Board members on research funding and strategy. Results of the analysis may be published on our website and also shared with the AMRC, in order to get an overview of the outcomes generated by research funded by medical research charities in the UK.