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BAHT offers its members the opportunity to apply for a research grant to encourage the development and generation of knowledge in the field of hand therapy. This can fund one larger project or a number of smaller ones depending on the quality of applications. These projects could be a research study, audit or service evaluation. BAHT has a total of £20,000 per year which can be awarded to one applicant or numerous applicants depending on the project and amount requested.
The research grant is designed to help develop research capacity in hand therapists and is one of the many ways in which BAHT aims to meet its charitable aims, as set out in the Strategic Plan
This money can be used to fund time, equipment for the project or other resources needed, however it cannot be used to fund university fees or attendance at conferences or courses (Please refer to BAHT Educational bursaries for this).
The newly reformatted Clinical Evidence Committee (CEC) (formally Research Grant Review Committee-RGRC) will consider any topic relevant to hand therapy, however applicants may find it helpful to read the following article to give you some ideas for possible research projects that have been identified as priorities by BAHT regional groups in 2008:
Fournier K. Research priorities in Hand Therapy: Report of the 2008 UK Membership survey. British Journal of Hand Therapy 2008; Winter: 13: 4. 111-113.
At present there is one call per year for research grant applicants. Please see the “How to apply” section for further details on deadlines and for a grant application form and guidance notes.
All applications will undergo a peer review process by experts in the field and a decision will be given to the applicant usually within 6 weeks of submission. Amendments may need to be made depending on reviewer’s recommendations.
Please ensure you read the guidance notes and additional information to ensure your application is completed thoroughly including all relevant details.
The CEC and peer review panel consists of therapists/researchers and surgeons with many years experience in clinical work, post-graduate education and research who review the applications and judge them on the value of the idea, feasibility of the project and supervision available to the candidate. All applicants whether successful or not receive feedback from the committee to assist in strengthening the proposal.
This research section of the BAHT website will give details not only of the research grant application process but will also highlight current national research to members and will advertise new initiatives set up by the CEC and BAHT executive committee in order to promote research, article submissions and collaboration.
Our aim is to provide a central resource hub for our members who want to apply for grants, get guidance on how to apply for these grants, guidance on writing for publication, preparing free paper and poster presentations for conference, provide a list of useful research links, and be more aware of relevant research courses, opportunities, local and national research activity.
If you have any queries please contact the CEC Chair on firstname.lastname@example.org
Act now and make a lasting contribution to hand therapy!
Article mentorship scheme
The Clinical Evidence Committee (CEC) has devised an Article Mentorship Scheme in conjunction with BAHT’s Editorial Board.
This scheme is primarily designed for members who have completed research but have little or no experience in writing for publication. Members who approach the committee on the above e-mail will be linked with an experienced researcher who will assist with the content, design and structuring of academic papers.
This scheme is also suitable for members who may have a research idea but to not know how to progress this further or are unsure of the feasibility of the project. Informal advice will be offered from an experienced researcher who can assist in the early phases of a research project.
Infomation can be downloaded below: