pilot project grants

GRANT AMOUNT: up to £50,000
GRANT DURATION: up to 2 years
DEADLINE: 15/09/2021

Borne’s pilot project scheme provides funds to develop novel research ideas that – if successful – can lead to a major project grant. The grant can cover salaries, equipment and running costs.


Please see Borne’s Eligibility Criteria to ascertain whether you are eligible to apply for this grant.

how to apply

Borne’s project grant schemes operate in response to unsolicited research proposals in an area relevant to Borne’s mission. The Scientific Advisory Board meets twice a year in April and October to review applications received. Download and complete the application form here.

review process

The Borne Foundation is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded on scientific merit in relation to Borne’s research strategy and on the basis of open competition. The quality of the application and applicants is the key determinant of outcome. Read our full review process here.

conditions & monitoring

The terms and conditions of grant differ for each grant scheme and the research contracts are drawn up individually once the grants have been awarded. Read more about our conditions and monitoring here.

guidelines & policies

Our pursuit of excellent research and the fulfilment of our responsibilities to our supporters and research participants require the maintenance of the highest standards of integrity and ethics. Click here to read the policies and guidelines relevant to our grant schemes and governance.

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