How to apply

How to apply - medical grants

Applications must follow the latest application guidelines. Please read this first as it outlines the criteria for potential project approval.

Applying for a grant

There are two stages in the grant application process:


1. Outline application for a medical research grant

(Please note there are different outline application forms for medical research projects and for health and wellbeing projects.)

  • The outline medical research application form brings together basic information to enable the Trustees to confirm whether or not The Evelyn Trust is able to consider the application further. Applications need to be accompanied by a letter from the Head of the Department applying (or for smaller organisations, from the head of the organisation).
  • Outline applications may be submitted at any time up to a deadline of midnight on 30 November preceding the grant year beginning from, usually, the following July. These are reviewed by Trustees at their January meeting. Applicants will then be notified whether they have been invited to submit a full application or been declined.

We have moved to an online application system called Flexi-Grant.  Applicants must register for an account before they can access the form.

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Receipt of an application will be acknowledged.


2. Full application for a grant – more detailed supporting information

  • If the Trustees decide they are able to consider the project further, they will invite the completion of a full application form.  This requests a detailed explanation of the work to be done, how it will be achieved and the results and outputs that are being sought, as well as more detailed financial information
  • In the case of research work a copy of the ethical approval will be required, as will CVs, lists of publications etc. Please note that The Evelyn Trust is a funder and not a sponsor of medical research projects.  You should contact the organisation that sponsors your research if Ethics Committees request sponsors’ opinions or peer reviews i.e. the University, Hospital or organisation which employs you.  In the case of the University of Cambridge you should contact the Research Governance Office at the School of Clinical Medicine.
  • Opportunities to meet to discuss the project may also be sought.  
  • Appropriate expert advice is available to the Trustees from the Trust’s Medical Advisory Committee or other professional advisors and the applicant may be requested to provide further information as a result of advice so received. 
  • Clearly the extent of such additional information will vary from application to application.  


Allocation of medical research grants

After final consideration of the full applications and Medical Advisory Committee reports, where they are sought, at their June meeting Trustees will allocate available funds to the applicants it wishes to support.

Grants should be available to beneficiaries by the end of July. 

Applicants should be aware that there is a very large demand from applicants for support and, therefore, by no means can all applicants be funded.