Applying for a research grant

We are actively inviting proposals dealing with all forms of meningitis and associated infections, improving prevention, treatment and outlook for patients, and improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis. 

Our Scientific Advisory Panel and Trustees are currently highlighting the following topics:

  • Research pertinent to prevention of bacterial meningitis and to maximising vaccine impact, including studies to
    • evaluate vaccines or enable their evaluation
    • understand their mode of action
    • Research leading to prevention of neonatal meningitis and sepsis, including research which facilitates GBS vaccine development and implementation
    • Research in Africa that seeks to improve outcomes from meningitis by 
      • overcoming barriers to health seeking behaviour 
      • improving prevention, treatment or health systems
      • improving recognition and accelerating the development and evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for meningitis 
    We are particularly interested in projects that lead to practical interventions and partnerships in Africa.

    In setting priority topics, our aim is to elicit strong, well-constructed research proposals on subjects we believe will have the most impact in terms of clinical/public health benefit or unlocking key research questions that will enable further translational research. We will consider funding basic science, but this must increase understanding of the disease area and have a clearly defined potential for early translation into alleviation of the diseases. Research funded must be of the highest scientific merit, in terms of the importance of the investigation, excellence of the study, ability of the research team, and probability of success.


    The deadline for preliminary proposals is Friday 25 November 2016

    Proposals will be considered by our Scientific Advisory Panel and full applications invited by Monday 19th December 2016.

    Full applications will be due by Friday 24th February 2017.

    We will aim to inform applicants of the outcome of full applications in May 2017..


    Research grants may be held in any country and must meet UK standards of research ethics, scientific integrity and animal welfare.

    Research institutions must be able to accept the charity’s Terms and Conditions of Grant Aid including the policy on protection of intellectual property rights described therein. Employees of commercial companies are not eligible to apply. 

    Application Procedure

    1. Preliminary Proposal

    Using the preliminary proposal form, submit a 2 or 3 page preliminary proposal by e-mail to Anna Jones summarising the work you plan to do, the approximate amount of funding required and the duration of the project. This must include approximately ten lines explaining:

    • how the work described falls within the Foundation’s research strategy and its particular relevance to the priority topics chosen for this research grant round
    • potential for clinical / public health benefit arising from the study
    • why you have chosen to apply to the Foundation for funding for this particular project.
    The Foundation will decide whether to request a full application based on this submission according to whether it conforms to the charity’s objectives and research strategy (with particular relevance to this year’s priority topics), its feasibility and whether there is overlap with work already in progress.

    Download a preliminary proposal form

    2. Full Application

    If your preliminary proposal is acceptable, we will send (by e-mail):

    • Application Form
    • Guidance for Applicants
    • Terms and Conditions of Grant Aid (for information only)
    • Policy on the Use of Animals in Research 
    • Code of Conduct
    The application form should be completed with reference to the other documents. The Foundation’s willingness to consider an application does not imply that support will be forthcoming.

    3. Feedback

    We will inform applicants of the outcome of their application in writing (by email). We will provide anonymous versions of referees’ comments, and may also summarise the conclusion reached by the Panel. The identity of referees is never revealed to applicants.

    Please note that applicants should not, under any circumstances, directly approach members of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Panel in connection with their (or another’s) research application.

    The Foundation’s decisions are final and no subsequent correspondence will be entered into. Applications that are rejected will not be reconsidered unless resubmission is specifically permitted.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please email to or
    Page last updated 17.10.16

    Preliminary Proposal Form 

    Information for Prospective Applicants 

    Terms and Conditions of Grant Aid 

    Research Investment Strategy 

    Code of Conduct 

    Policy on the use of Animals in Research