Small Research Grants

OAA Small Research Grants up to £5000

Applications are invited for this OAA Small Research Grant awarded directly by the OAA. Four grants of up to £5000 are available which are intended for researchers seeking smaller amounts of money to undertake projects of relatively modest size.

The OAA has been awarded partnership status with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This means that some research studies supported by this funding stream may be adopted on to the NIHR portfolio and are eligible for support from the NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Networks (CLRNs).


An application will be considered from a principal investigator (PI) from departments of anaesthesia or academic departments of anaesthesia where at least one applicant from the research group is a member of the OAA and has been so for at least 12 months. If the PI is a trainee anaesthetist, it is expected that supervision from an experienced investigator working in the same department will be provided.

The project must be relevant to obstetric anaesthesia.

All applicants must have a significant and substantial contribution to the conception or design of the project.

The research must be carried out according to the guidelines stipulated in Good Clinical Practice.

Successful recipients must supply a report of the research to the OAA within two years of receiving the grant. If the research is not finished within this time frame of two years, annual reports on the progress must be submitted to the OAA.

The OAA must be acknowledged in any presentation or publication that arises from the project.

The Support

The budget for each round is £20 000 for four grants of up to £5000 each. Various kinds of study will be considered (small clinical/bench-top projects, innovation development, observational studies/data collection, as well as the more traditional clinical or non-clinical research projects). The money may be for equipment (excluding laptops, personal computers, filing cabinets and other basic office equipment), consumables, part salary or other expenses that will be directly incurred by the research. If the grant is used to support a salary, the employer is responsible for ensuring that appropriate health checks are made according to local occupational health guidelines and that the employee carries appropriate professional indemnity.

Applicants who have obtained part-funding for their project from another source may apply for this grant but must declare the details of the other source of funding. Similarly, applicants may apply who wish to use this grant to support an application to another source.

Researchers travel expenses and conference attendance will not be covered.

Application process

Applicants should complete the application form and return by email to Robin Russell (Chairman of the Research & Grants Committee). The closing date for the next round of grants is Friday 30 September 2022.

Please be advised that, incomplete, unsigned or late applications will NOT be considered.


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