The BDA GET can award grants to any research so long as the outcome ‘advances the science and practice of dietetics’ and meets the other criteria in the terms and guidance.
Funding is therefore available for a wide range of dietetic research and can be used to fund:
There is no set limit to the amount GET fund, grants have typically been awarded for research projects in the range of £5,000-£40,000.
The Trust cannot give grants for every project put forward, even though the projects may meet its criteria.
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.
We are particularly keen on supporting new researchers and dietitians looking to conduct research to support their clinical practice. As a result, we do not fund the following:
Applications are assessed by the Trustees quarterly. Applications should be submitted six weeks or more prior to a meeting to be considered as part of that agenda. The Trustees will seek the views of two professional reviewers on each grant application, to get a view from experts about the suitability and relevance of the proposal. The reviewers’ views are confidential, as is the whole process. The decision on whether to support an application will be a decision for the Trustees alone.
Please note: we are no longer considering applications for research funding this year, due to the high number of grants already awarded.
We welcome applications for next year. Applications received before Monday 11 December 2023 will be considered at our next meeting in February.
You will be notified of the outcome of your application as soon as possible following the Trustees meeting. The Trustees’ discussions concerning applications are confidential. However, the Trustees will try to provide written reasons for their decisions wherever possible. The Trustees may request further information before they make a final decision, the responses to which will be considered at a future meeting.
In some cases, only partial support may be offered, or grants may be made subject to conditions which must be met.
Recipients of grants are expected to inform the Trustees of any change in the aims of their research project. While it is not uncommon for research projects to evolve, we would expect the project to continue to meet the aims of the Trust.
Similarly, recipients should inform the Trustees of changes in timescale. Again, while the Trustees reserve the right to withdraw an award, reasonable extensions with a clear justification will be accepted.
If a grant funded project generates income the Trust Fund may require income to be shared accordingly.
Full Terms and Conditions and Administrative Guidelines can be found here.