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Grant Calls

Friends of Rosie aims to open a research grant call once a year, dependent on available charitable funds. We usually award up to £70,000 for a one year research grant. 

We invite project proposals from researchers across the UK. All proposals are rigorously evaluated by a panel of distinguished research clinicians augmented by specialists in specific conditions or treatments, where relevant.

We fund a project initially for one year but, if the first-year report is satisfactory, the panel will consider recommending a second year of funding.

 Our grant calls apply to research and medical institutions across the UK. Our aim is to fund the most promising new research ideas.

The grants we provide support a post-doctoral fellow or a research assistant for one year. Provision is also made for consumable costs.

Friends of Rosie aims to provide “pump-priming” funds of one or two years’ duration to research and clinical investigators who are addressing paediatric cancers. The goal is to provide funds that will lever major longer-term funding from established funders (e.g. CRUK, Leukaemia UK, MRC, ESRC etc.).      

Our key objectives are to fill a gap of funding where solid preliminary results of novel approaches are required in grant applications to lever major and longer-term funding. If possible, publication of this work should also be a goal.

Proposals are assessed by  our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB proposes a minimum of two external referees for each project.  Projects are scored and recommendations for funding are made to the Trustees by the SAB.

The rating scale rates applications received in a grant call from most to least promising. The Trustees then use this rating scale on which to base their grant award decisions. If funds are only available for one project, then the highest rated will automatically be selected.  

Every grant awarded must submit a six-monthly progress report and a full annual report at the end of the project, stating what onward funding applications are in process to continue the research. 

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Katrina London

Katrina has specialised in the field of occupational personal injury for over 35 years and has worked exclusively for the victims of asbestos related diseases for the last 20 years.  Katrina is an APIL Accredited Occupational Disease and Asbestos Disease Specialist and Senior Litigator and has Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation. 


Carla Nuttall

Carla has over 20 years’ experience specialising in strategic communications, engagement and marketing across the public and private sector, including the BBC, Manchester Metropolitan University and Muse Developments. She is currently Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing for The Growth Company, an award-winning social enterprise that enables growth, creates jobs and improves lives.