Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR) has announced its new research grants programme, which is focused on four key areas:

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Assistive technology primarily for upper limb function

SMSR will provide grants of up to £100,000 per year for up to threw years, but also welcomes applications for smaller projects.

It is hoped that the research leads to new treatments and therapies, a deepening understanding, and dissemination of best practice in the key focal areas.

SMSR trustee chair Richard Tolkien said: “We are delighted to announce the research grants programme and hope that it will make a difference to improving the everyday lives of people living with spinal cord injury.

“SMSR was founded over a decade ago and we’ve made some good progress into tackling the chronic complications that people face. This new grants programme marks the next step in our approach in developing research that may lead to new treatments and ultimately, address the needs of those living with spinal cord injury.”

Applicants are asked to submit a short preliminary proposal which is reviewed by SMSR’s research grants manager and chair of the charity’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal which be reviewed by the SAB and external reviewers where necessary.

Application forms, details of the application process and eligibility criteria are available online at

The deadline for submission of preliminary applications is Friday 1st November 2019, 5pm UK time. Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit a full proposal w/c 11 Nov 2019, with deadline for submission of full applications by Tuesday 31st December 2019, 5pm UK time. Final decisions on funding will be given in February 2020.

For more information contact Derek Cutler, research grants manager, on 01296 316783 or email

Every year around 1,200 people are diagnosed with a spinal cord injury in the UK, many of whom will experience life-long complications as a result of their injury.

SMSR is an independent charity dedicated to funding research that improves the lives of people with SCI.