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We believe that excellent research underpins clinical best practice. HIS aims to fund pioneering, innovative research within the scope of infection prevention and control and nosocomial infections. Applications for funding must show an understanding of the clinical practice of infection prevention and control directly relating to nosocomial infections.
Small Research Grants are intended to support small-scale research projects or proof or principle research that may lead to an application for a larger research grant. Up to £10,000 is available for a project of maximum 24 months duration. The primary grant holder and their institution must the based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Small grants are normally non-recurring.
Please see the HIS Research Strategy 2020-2025 document for full information on our funding remit.
Application deadlines: 1 March and 1 September at 11.59 pm
We accept applications from researchers and clinicians, based in the public sector, who are in a career grade or substantive role.
Further information can be found in our Terms and Conditions
The scheme can be used to:
Information on current and past funded Small Research Grants can be found here
Restrictions: Funding is not available:
Scoring criteria are available in the Grants programme overview and process document.
We will only pay the direct costs of research at UK and Irish Universities.
The UK higher education funding bodies provide funding for directly allocated and indirect costs associated with charity-funded research.
In England, this funding is called the Charity Research Support Fund. Similar funding is provided by the Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Northern Ireland government. Higher Education Authority block grants support research costs within the Republic of Ireland.
Research costs in the NHS
For research conducted within the NHS, we follow AcoRD principles for non-commercial studies available here
For non-commercial studies the normal funding arrangements for research, NHS Treatment and NHS Support costs are:
Your application must be reviewed and approved by your host organisation. The application and terms and conditions require signatures from an authorised authority within your institution who undertakes financial management of award, in addition to a Director of Research, Dean of Medicine or equivalent.
Applications must be sent to email@example.com by 11.59 pm on the application deadline.
The following items must be included in your application:
Application forms and terms and conditions are available below.
The following Conditions of Funding are absolute and apply in all cases unless otherwise stated:
Reporting on project outcomes
Successful applicants are required to report on project outcomes (including publications and follow-on funding). Failure to report the outcomes of your project may result in your department being ineligible to receive HIS funding in the future.
In line with the Society’s terms and conditions, publications resulting from the research must be submitted to the Journal of Hospital infection for first refusal. Award holders will be required to acknowledge HIS funding in oral and poster presentations, and may be asked to present at a HIS meeting or conference.
Projects are supported on the understanding that all applicants are familiar with the MRC’s policies and guidance on research ethics and research integrity and that the PI has taken ethical considerations into account in the project design, and has or will receive relevant formal ethical review and sign-off by the relevant research ethics committee and governance committees (and any relevant external committees), prior to the commencement of the research. The responsibility for identifying and responding to ethical considerations, referring them for review, and securing approval before the research commences lies with the PI: failure to do so can constitute misconduct.
Projects should be completed within 24 months of the grant start date. Grant holders may apply for a no cost extension in line with the Society’s terms and conditions.
Timeline for 1 March deadline submission:
Timeline for 1 September deadline submission:
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Projects must start within six months of award allocation and the funding must be spent within two years of the project starting