Each year in the UK around 1,200 people are diagnosed with a spinal cord injury (SCI) many of whom will experience life-long complications as a result of their injury.  Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR) is an independent charity dedicated to funding research that will help to improve quality of life for people living with SCI.  Today, the charity announced its new research grants programme focused on four key areas:

  • Assistive Technology Primarily for Upper Limb function
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Urinary Tract Infection

SMSR will provide grants of up to £100,000 per year for up to 3 years, but also welcomes applications for smaller projects. We hope that our supported research leads to new treatments and therapies, deepening understanding, and dissemination of best practice in the key focal areas.

SMSR Trustee Chair, Richard Tolkien, said: “We are delighted to announce the research grants programme and hope that it will make a difference to improving the everyday lives of people living with spinal cord injury.  SMSR was founded over a decade ago and we’ve made some good progress into tackling the chronic complications that people face.  This new grants programme marks the next step in our approach in developing research that may lead to new treatments and ultimately, address the needs of those living with spinal cord injury.”

Applicants are asked to submit a short preliminary proposal which is reviewed by SMSR’s Research Grants Manager and Chair of the charity’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).  Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal which be reviewed by the SAB and external reviewers where necessary.

Research Grants Manager, Derek Cutler, said: “Today we launch our first call for proposals and encourage those working in spinal cord injury research to apply for funding. We expect to launch calls every 6 months and we look forward to working with clinicians and researchers to advance research into improving quality of life for people with SCI.” 

Details about the programme are available here.

For further information about the application or review process, please contact Derek Cutler, Research Grants Manager on Tel: 01296 316783; Mob: 07930 494681 or email: [email protected]

For more media information about this report or to arrange an interview please contact Patricia Tweed, SMSR Communications Manager:  Tel:  01296 315255 Mob: 07841 462038.