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Preparing a Grant Application

Preparing a Grant Application

Do you need help preparing a grant application? Follow our step-by-step guide.

Grant application

Research Design Service (RDS) London provides support to those preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research, including:

  • Formulating research questions
  • Build an appropriate research team
  • Involving patients and the public

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As early in the process as possible, and at least 4-6 weeks before the application deadline, request support from the NOCLOR finance team to cost your proposal. If possible, send them a draft of your grant application and protocol. At a minimum, please provide them with the names and employers of all co-investigators so they can get started. The NOCLOR team will work with you to quantify the research, service support and treatment costs of the proposal.

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Most grant applications require the signature of a finance representative and an executive of the lead NHS organisation.

In the East London NHS Foundation Trust, Kevin Curnow (,Chief Finance Officer, and Prof Frank Röhricht (, Medical Director for Research and Medical Education, provide these authorisations.

It is advisable to check their availability and let them view a draft a fortnight before your submission deadline. 

Once you've finalised the application and received authorisation from the lead NHS organisations, you can submit.