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Large research grants

The OAA offers an annual Large Research Grant of up to £100,000. The grant is intended to support research in the field of obstetric anaesthesia.

The OAA Large Research Grant is offered through the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) and applications should be submitted directly via their website.

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

Applications will be considered from Principal Investigators (PI) from departments of anaesthesia within the UK or Ireland where at least one applicant is an OAA member 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 made a significant and substantial contribution to the conception or design of the project. Payment of the grant is subject to research governance and applicable approvals. Projects must be carried out according to the guidelines stipulated in Good Clinical Practice.

Applications for amounts up to a maximum of £100,000 will be considered. This may be used 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.

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 the two-year timeframe 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 and results should be submitted for presentation at the OAA Annual Scientific Meeting.

Please refer to the terms and conditions for further information.

Applications should be made via the NIAA. Applicants should complete the application form, which must be accompanied by an outline of how the funds will be spent. It must also include an outline of the costings and confirmation (with documentation) that the proposed project has been approved by the appropriate ethics committee or has been sent for approval. Final approval must be sent to the OAA once it has been received.

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

The next deadline for applications is 26 April 2024.

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