The BDA General and Education Trust Fund exists “to advance education and other charitable purposes related to the science of dietetics”. The Trust is separate to the BDA and is managed by the Trustees, some of whom are members of the profession and some who are independent. The Trust can make grants to any individual or organisation engaged in dietetic research or related activities.
The Trust provides support for a wide range of dietetic research advancing the science and practice of dietetics and we are particularly keen on supporting new researchers and dietitians looking to conduct research to support their clinical practice. Awards can be used to fund running costs, project costs or help with salaries.
While there is no set limit to the amount of funding you can apply for, grants are typically awarded for research projects in the range of £1,000 - £40,000.
The types of applications which have been successful in recent years include funding for a study trip to the USA to evaluate diabetes management; a research project to evaluate the impact of clinical placements on professional training; ‘start up’ funding for a post to monitor developments in clinical effectiveness for dietitians.
Full guidance and application forms can be found here.
“The award from the Trustees was extremely helpful and it enabled me to convert a pilot study for a randomised control trial on evaluating preoperative oral supplements in people who were losing weight into a fully powered trial. This allowed me to answer a research question and develop my research investigating the use of oral nutritional supplements to assist people with cancer preoperatively.” - Dr Sorrel Burden, University of Manchester
The Trust also provide funding to support BDA members speaking or presenting posters at conferences and events. The awards can be used to cover the cost of delegate fees, transport or accommodation.
More information on how to apply for research or conference grants can be found here.
The Trustees have ringfenced specific funds to support at least five BDA members to attend the 2020 International Congress of Dietetics (ICD) in South Africa. Find more details here.