Our Research Grants

Health Professionals

ELF works in close partnership with health professionals

The projects that we will support will be those which bring real and immediate or near future benefit to patients and which advances the aims of the Charity.  For 2016 ELF have launched a new pilot scheme.  Please read the guidance below in detail and note that the closing date for applications is 30th April 2016.

Pilot project inviting applications from Haematology Trainees (Specialist Registrar Grade) working in the South East Deanery.

ELF is inviting grant applications from junior doctors in training for a career in haematology, for projects relating to the haematological malignancies, or patients suffering from these conditions. We are looking for imaginative ideas that will not only improve the treatment of patients, but also provide the applicant with the opportunity to develop the skills and enthusiasm to become haematology researchers and innovators of the future.

All applications under this scheme must be submitted by 30th April 2016.  If you are unsure whether or not to apply, we will accept initial expressions of interest up to 31st March 2016.

The purpose of this funding call is to provided support for research and development work that can be undertaken in parallel with clinical/laboratory training. It is not intended to fund salaries to take time out of training.

The project aims to fund either and area of research in the field of Haem-oncology, or an innovation, or to test an innovation, that would be of direct benefit to patients.

The funding can be for a period of 1-2 years, provided that the applicant will remain in training during that time.

The work must be done in parallel with on-going clinical training.  These grants will not fund the applicant’s salary however could be used, for example, to employ a laboratory scientist working under the applicant’s direct supervision.

Scope of the work to be undertaken:

  • This can be clinical research, laboratory research, or work to improve the delivery of care to patients.
  • The work must relate to patients with haematological malignancies.
  • It might range from developing an app, to piloting a new aspect of service delivery, to laboratory work that might provide preliminary data to be later developed into a higher degree research application.
  • The Trustees must be able to have a clear view on how any work/innovation proposed might translate into improvements for patients.
  • The work can be defined by an outcome that can be achieved in a reasonable period of time, or can be funding for a specific period of time to do the work, up to a maximum of 2 years.

Eligibility

  • We would normally expect to fund haematology specialist registrars who are in a numbered higher specialist training post in haematology. However we would consider applications from other junior doctors who have already demonstrated a clear commitment to a career in the specialty.
  • In recognition that time for R&D may be limited in a training post, and that part-time working is encouraged for those with young families, we would accept a proposal from two or more applicants to work jointly on a project.
  • For more senior applicants, the work must be completed within 6 months of achieving CCST.
  • We are unlikely to fund drug trials, but would consider comparative effectiveness studies of existing established treatments, where the work requires some additional funds; for example, to fund a medicine/treatment not on the hospital’s formulary, but being used in normal practice elsewhere.
  • To enable laboratory work, that is integral to much of haematology, we would consider funding for a junior scientist to undertake the necessary laboratory work, provided the work is being supervised and led by the applicant.
  • Project applications must be approved and signed off by the training director of your hospital/department.

Applications which do not comply with these guidelines may be rejected without consideration.

General

The following are the headings that need to be completed when applying for a grant award.  Where the heading is not relevant to the application this should be stated.  If there are any difficulties meeting this requirement they should be discussed with the Charity’s Director

Headings

Project Title The title must be short and non-technical, but sufficiently explanative so that it can be used in fundraising literature.
Organisation This must be the organisation to which the applicant is affiliated and include the department and address.
Applicant This is the individual to whom the grant is to be awarded and who will be responsible for the conduct of the work.  This must include the post help and to whom the applicant reports.  Contact details – telephone and email – are also to be included.
Description This should be a general and concise description of the work written in a form that can be understood by a layperson and which would be suitable for fundraising purposes.

A separate, but more detailed description, with references, can be attached to the application if considered relevant and supportive of the application.

Project Aims and Expected Outcomes This is a statement of the aims of the project.  It is against these aims that the success of the work will be judged.  Again it must be written in such a way that a layperson can understand.

The outcomes need to be stated in terms of (a) patient benefits; (b) how patient benefits will be assessed; and (c) expected publications if relevant.

Funding This should be stated in terms of (a) the total value of the project; (b) the grant being sought from ELF and (c) a list of any other funding partners involved with their financial contribution.

As well as the total value of the grant being sought, the value of the grant should be split into salary, consumables, facilities, infrastructure and equipment costs shown spread over the grant period on an annualised basis.

Timescale and Key Events This should be the expected start date of the project taking into account any recruitment or equipment procurement issues.

The key events, with dates, should also be identified and linked with the Project Aims and Objectives.  There should also be at least 2 key events/dates in each 12 month period.

Staff Involved This should provide a list of all staff, funded and unfunded, involved on the project by name and post, identifying those who are to be funded by the grant.
Risk Areas The applicant should identify anything, including individuals, which is critical to the project, the loss of which would seriously delay the work or adversely affect achieving a successful outcome.
Animal Involvement If animals are to be used, their use should be stated.
Other relevant information in support of the application This should include any additional information in support of the application and may be attached to the application.

 

General Grant Conditions

The following are the conditions applicable to all grants awarded by the Elimination of Leukaemia Fund.

  1. A grant will only be awarded if the Trustees of the Elimination of the Leukaemia Fund (the Charity) are satisfied that the purposes of the request are consistent with the Objects of the Charity.
  1. Each grant is awarded to an Organisation and that organisation must nominate an individual, the Grant Holder, to whom all queries can be directed. The Grant Holder will be expected to be responsible for the conduct of the work and finance and have authority to act on behalf of the organisation to ensure that the terms and conditions of the grant are met.  Should the Grant Holder during the period when the grant applies be absent for any period likely to exceed 6 weeks, the Charity is to be notified as soon as practical and informed of the reason for the absence and the plans the Organisation has put in place for supervising the work.
  1. The Charity is not the employer of any of the staff involved on, or in support of, the work to which the grant funds and has no responsibility for them. All costs incurred as part of the employer’s obligations, such as maternity or sick pay, are the responsibility of the employer and are not part of the grant award and will not be funded by the Charity.  The Organisation is also responsible for all Health and Safety requirements and none of these responsibilities are transferred to the Charity.
  1. The information provided in the grant application is the basis of the agreement between the Organisation and the Charity. All factors which could be relevant to the award of the grant or the Charity’s legal obligations must be stated even if there is no specific question on the application form.
  1. All those required to support the work described in the grant application are to be identified by name or, where this is not possible, by designated post with the post holder being notified to the Charity as soon as the post is filled. The nature of the work for each post must be clearly stated, its criticality to the fulfilment of the grant, and whether the post holder is full or part time.
  1. The Elimination of Leukaemia Fund will not provide any follow-on funding or increase the value of the award, and it will only extend the grant period, within the award value, in exceptional circumstance.
  1. The Trustees are required each year by law to provide the Charity Commissioners with a report on the Charity’s financial activity. For this reason the Trustees requires reports from the Grant Holder which are sufficiently detailed to demonstrate that the grant is being used for the purposes for which the grant was awarded and is being administered in such a manner as to ensure that the aims of the project are being, or are likely to be, achieved.
  1. Unless otherwise specified, a report is required at the end of each 12 month period detailing the progress of the project against the criteria set out and agreed at the time the grant is awarded. This report shall be in the form specified by the Charity and shall be provided within 4 weeks of the end of each 12 month period.  On completion of the project a final report shall be provided.  Failure to deliver acceptable reports may delay payment of invoices.
  1. Should, during the grant period, anything occur which could impact upon the achievement of the project’s aims, or should any of the identified staff change, the Charity must be notified immediately. If the grant is used for any purpose not agreed with the Charity, the organisation may be required to repay the grant in full.
  1. The Charity will require a copy of all papers, reports etc produced as a result of the award of the grant.
  1. The Organisation shall tender invoices at monthly intervals. The information supporting each invoice must show the expenditure on a monthly basis and include separate entries for the payments made to each member of the project team being supported by the grant, the cost of consumables covered by the invoice, and the purchase of any equipment during the period. For equipment procurement, copies of the equipment invoices must be provided.
  1. The Charity reserves the right to withhold payment if information provided is incomplete or inconsistent.
  1. The final invoice payment will only be made when the Organisation has completed the terms of the grant and has tendered a final report acceptable to the Charity.
  1. The Charity requires full acknowledgement for the funding provided by the Charity. This includes reference to the Charity in all publications, presentations and web sites relevant to the project or in which the project is mentioned. In most instances this will mean the inclusion of Charity’s full name and its logo, its web site URL.
  1. Significant items of equipment which are purchased as part of the grant will be required to have, in a prominent place, a suitable label indicating that the equipment was purchased by funds provided by the Charity (the Charity will provide these labels).
  1. Acknowledgement of the Charity’s support shall be maintained for as long as the project, or any part of the project, which benefited from the Charity’s funding, is in existence. Where there are any problems with meeting this requirement clarification must be sought, in writing, from the Charity.
  1. If requested by the Charity, the Organisation shall make available to the Charity facilities to place posters and leaflets within the area that the grant has application.
  1. Prior to the award of a grant the Organisation and Grant Holder shall agree with the Charity the level of publicity which their organisation will provide for the award of the grant. This publicity shall include reference to the Charity on the organisation’s web site if the site refers to charitable support; reference to the award in the organisation’s own publications and, if appropriate, local news media.

General Project Grants

Our criterion for project grants is that we consider applications for patient centred projects which have the aim of advancing the cure and treatment of haematological malignancies.

These grants can be used to fund, or help fund, new or improved treatments, new or improved facilities, the purchase equipment, or to support clinical or nursing staff.

The projects that we will support will be those which bring real and immediate or near future benefit to patients and which advance the aims of the Charity. ELF wants to make these disorders less devastating for patients and families by improving and developing care and recognising the needs of survivors.  This is an open programme, with no application deadlines, although submissions will only be considered our times each year at the Trustee meetings.

We are specifically seeking to fund research and projects which:

  1. identify more effective treatments or reduce adverse long term side-effects of treatments
  2. provide specialised services to those that need them
  3. facilitate a pathway back-to-normal life after blood cancer
  4. deliver better patient well being during and after treatment

You can download a copy of the General Grant Conditions and the required application format. However we would ask you contact us before making a formal application for funding to ascertain the up to date situation.