The Big Lottery – Research Programme

The Big Lottery Fund will provide up to £25 million in the UK over 2007-2009 to fund social and medical research grants in the UK. The aim of the Research Programme will be to influence local and national policy and practice by funding the Third Sectori to produce and disseminate evidence based knowledge. In the longer term the programme, through producing sound evidence, will aim to help develop better services and interventions for beneficiaries. Integral to meeting the aim of the programme will be the following five outcomes: Improved understanding of issues relating to the Big Lottery Fund’s UK themes and country outcomes;
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Improved Third Sector participation and knowledge in developing, doing and using research; Improved dissemination of Third Sector led research; Increased participation of beneficiaries and users in a range of research roles; and Improved partnerships between the Third Sector and the research community.
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The programme will be demand led. It will fund medical and social research on issues identified, and considered important, by the charitable and voluntary and community sector; and support the use and dissemination of this research activity. Key will be that beneficiaries and users are involved, in setting the agenda, conducting, managing and
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disseminating the research. Only organisations from the voluntary and community sector will be eligible to apply for funding. The voluntary and community sector will be encouraged to link up with universities and the wider research community, but universities themselves will be ineligible to apply for funding. The programme will be open for applications by the end of 2007.For further information please visit the website link below.