BJA/RCoA Project Grant


Up to £100,000

Closing date: Noon, Friday 22 April 2022

If you are an existing BJA/RCoA grant holder and would like to request a no-cost extension please click here.

Conditions and Information

The grants are intended to support specific research projects in Anaesthesia, Critical Care or Pain Management and may be for salaries or for the purchase of items of equipment.
We are not considering PhD studentships in this round.

The Research Project
Projects that involve the application of basic and/or clinical science to Anaesthesia, Critical Care or Pain Management will be considered. The work may be done in a university science department or in an academic clinical department, but preference will be given to projects involving co-operative research between a basic-science department and a clinical department.

The Support
The award will not exceed £100,000 for salaries (including Superannuation and National Insurance contributions; the BJA and RCoA decline to contribute to any other indirect costs), equipment (including VAT) and running costs. The BJA/RCoA will wish to share any intellectual property rights and income arising from this work with the host institution.

BJA/RCoA decline to process projects currently submitted elsewhere.

How to Apply

1. Complete pages 1 to 3 of the project grant application form below, including your name in the footer.

2. Use further pages to provide the following information:
(a) A full and detailed description of the research project in 2,500 to 3,500 words (plus references).
(b) A detailed justification of the BJA/RCoA Project Grant support requested. This includes your consumable items. Reviewers often question this section of the application. If you are applying for the higher award you will need to pay particular attention to this point.
(c) Details of Patient & Public involvement in the research. Any public involvement carried out so far or planned during the research project should be outlined. If no public involvement is planned or necessary, for example in laboratory studies, please explain why this is not required.
You can get support for Patient and Public Involvement in your research by contacting your hospital's patient group, your local NIHR Research and Design Service, your local NIHR Clinical Research Network public involvement co-ordinator, patient groups and charities or the NIAA-HSRC's PCPIE Group but we would recommend doing this as soon as possible to incorporate their advice before submitting your application.
(d) A list of any resources, including financial, that the host institutions for the project will provide.
(e) Evidence of Ethics committee approval or a Project Licence for animal experimentation This is not necessary for submission, but will be required before any grant is awarded to a successful applicant.
(f) Details of any support requested for the project from any other sources, excluding grant awarding bodies (Please see note on dual submission)
(g) An abbreviated (typically not exceeding 4 pages) curriculum vitae of the applicant and individual (if known in advance) to be employed by the grant for the project.

3. The Head of Department (unless he or she is the Applicant) and an appropriate officer of the institution administering the grant must sign the declaration on page 4 of the application form.

It is also now a requirement to complete and submit the NIAA Grants EDI data capture form with your application. You can download this below.

The small print

The Award
The award is to fund research projects in Anaesthesia, Critical Care or Pain Management. Publications arising from the award should acknowledge the support of the BJA/RCoA. BJA/RCoA decline to contribute to indirect costs.

Intellectual Property
"The British Journal of Anaesthesia is obliged to ensure that useful results from the research that it funds (whether whole or in part) are applied for the public good. In some circumstances, this may be best achieved by the protection of intellectual property and commercial exploitation.

The British Journal of Anaesthesia therefore requires all Award Holders, funded personnel and Institutions to consider whether the protection, management and exploitation of British Journal of Anaesthesia funded Intellectual Property is an appropriate means of achieving public benefit, and to develop and implement strategies and procedures for the identification, protection, management and exploitation of the British Journal of Anaesthesia Intellectual Property.

The British Journal of Anaesthesia is also obliged to ensure that it obtains a fair share of any fruits of its funded research. The British Journal of Anaesthesia requires Award Holders and Institutions to notify the British Journal of Anaesthesia promptly in writing when Intellectual Property that may be of medical or commercial value arises from the Award, and to ensure that such Intellectual Property is not published nor inappropriately disclosed prior to protection. Intellectual Property arising from the Award may not be exploited or disposed of in any way without the prior written approval of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, such consent not to be reasonably withheld. As a condition of such consent the British Journal of Anaesthesia will require the Institution to enter into dialogue regarding the mutually acceptable exploitation or disposal of the Intellectual Property in question. British Journal of Anaesthesia reserves the right to seek redress."

Other Work
Any individual employed by the grant will be expected to devote the majority of his or her time to the research project. The BJA/RCoA accept no liability in a claim for compensation for unfair dismissal or a redundancy payment arising from the expiry of the award; contracts of employment will, therefore, normally require the prospective employee, in accordance with paragraph 142, (i) and (ii), of the Employment (Consolidation) Act, 1978 (or similar non-UK regulations), to waive the right to exercise such claims.

Income Tax, National Insurance and Superannuation Provision
Where a prospective contract of employment exists between the prospective employee and the Host Institution, the emoluments provided under the grant award are chargeable to Income Tax under Schedule E (PAYE); consequently, Class I National Insurance contributions are payable in accordance with the Social Security Act, 1973. If the employee is admitted to the superannuation scheme appropriate to the employer, the BJA/RCoA will reimburse superannuation provision. Details of similar non-UK tax-pensions contributions should be given in full and costed in the application.

Equipment purchased by an awarded grant should be considered to be on loan from the BJA/RCoA and should be identified clearly as such.


The closing date for applications is noon, Friday 22 April 2022

To apply for the BJA/RCoA Project Grant, please download and complete the application form and EDI data capture form below.

 BJA_RCoA_Proj_Grant_Form_2022.docx (930 KB)

 NIAA Grants EDI Data Capture Form.docx (164 KB)

All applications and requested supporting paperwork must be submitted using ScholarOne. Please click the link below for instructions on how to do this.

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Please be advised that incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the full application is successfully uploaded before the closing date. You will receive an automated acknowledgement email once your application has been received by us. Note that there is no longer any requirement to submit a hard copy of your application.