BMA Foundation for Medical Research

BMA Foundation for Medical Research – Overview

The British Medical Association (BMA) is one of the most prominent medical organizations in the world. The BMA Foundation was established to boost medical research.

The organization aims to support medical aspirants, students, doctors and scientists in their research efforts and help them discover new medical solutions.

Why choose the BMA Foundation for Research Grants?

The BMA itself was established in 1832 and the BMA Foundation for Medical Research, though established later, supports medical research under the BMA’s name.

The foundation awards prizes and grants that encourage medical research.

With the support of several philanthropic individuals, the BMA Foundation offers around 14 different grants, totaling GBP 850,000 each year, to medical students, doctors, and researchers.

This grant has helped fund research efforts in several areas, from general research into rheumatism and arthritis to cardiovascular problems, cancer and neurological issues.

The BMA Foundation for Medical Research administers several named funds. It manages funds under the umbrella of the BMA Foundation.

The BMA Foundation is governed by trustees, but it operates as part of the British Medical Association, a registered charity.

The BMA Foundation aims to encourage advancements in health and the relief of illnesses in the public sector through intense and practical research.

How to Apply for BMA Foundation Research Grants?

The eligibility criteria for BMA Foundation medical research grants differ between individual grants. The foundation typically prefers to grant research funds to members of its organization.

While BMA membership is a common requirement for some grants, the BMA Foundation provides specific grants available to non-members.

Two people can also apply for the same grant using a joint application. If you have additional researchers on the team, you can add their names and designations under the “further applicant details” tab in the online application form.

The application process for the BMA Foundation grants primarily occurs online, including the submission of required documents and forms.

To make a successful application for the research grant, you will need to attach and upload four attachments in PDF format.

The documents you need to upload along with your online grant application form at BMA Foundation include:

  1. A signed letter from the organization states they have permitted the applicant to conduct research at their premises.
  2. A relevant and detailed research project proposal (not more than 2,500 words, excluding references) should include:
  3. Research project summary
  4. Introduction (must include scientific background to the research question)
  5. Aims and objectives
  6. Project design
  7. Subject (must include justification of sample size)
  8. Method of research
  9. Data analysis method
  10. Potential use of research in improving patient care
  11. Two signed references (per applicant)
  12. Ethical approval

Different Research Grants offered by the BMA Foundation

Now that you are aware of what the BMA Foundation is all about let’s take a closer look at the different types of research grants that are offered by the BMA Foundation to researchers and scientists every year:

1 – Dawkins & Strutt Grant for Research into Gastroenterology

This research grant is aimed at improving research in gastroenterology.

This grant is open to applicants who are registered medical practitioners or research scientists in the UK and focus on research that is applicable to or beneficial to the UK.

Successful applicants can receive as much as GBP 65,000 as grant funding for medical research into gastroenterology.

2 – Doris Heller Grant for Research into Rheumatism and Arthritis

The Doris Heller Grant for Research into Rheumatism and Arthritis is aimed at helping researchers discover new solutions in diagnosing, preventing, and treating arthritis and rheumatism.

To be eligible for some specific grants such as the Doris Heller Grant, applicants need to be registered medical practitioners in the UK; BMA membership requirements vary by grant.

Successful applicants can receive up to GBP 65,000 as a grant fund for medical research into finding solutions for better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of rheumatism and other types of arthritis.

3 – H C Roscoe Grant for Research into Viral Diseases of the Respiratory System

The H C Roscoe Grant for Research into Viral Diseases of the Respiratory System is aimed at promoting research into ways that can be used to eliminate the common cold, flu, and other similar viral diseases that affect the patient’s respiratory system.

To be eligible for receiving this grant, applicants should be registered medical practitioners within the UK or could be research scientists based and working in the UK.

Once selected, the successful applicants can get as much as GBP 65,000 as a grant fund for research.

4 – Helen H Lawson Grant for Pediatric Research

The Helen H Lawson Grant for Pediatric Research is meant to motivate research in medicine. To be eligible to apply for this grant, the applicant should be a registered medical practitioner in the UK and should also be a member of the BMA.

Successful applicants for this research grant are likely to receive as much as GBP 65,000 in funding.


These are just the top four research grants the BMA Foundation offers to members and non-members.

These research grants are meant to discover triggers and causes, diagnose methods, develop treatment plans, and prevent common and rare disorders that affect us today.

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Current Version
June 5, 2021
Written By
Shubham Grover
April 22, 2024
Updated By
Andrea Morales G.

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