Call for research proposals

CLEFT invites researchers to submit high quality proposals for research grants of up to a maximum of £50,000. Proposals should focus on either clinical or basic science questions relevant to the charity’s research objectives.

We welcome applications for smaller grants. 

For more information about submitting an application please click here.  Enquiries to [email protected]

Each application will be reviewed by the CLEFT Research Steering Committee (RSC) which includes patient and carer representatives.

The timeline for the application process will be as follows:

Call for funding applications open 1st July 2022

Closing date for applications 30th September 2022


The RSC suggests that applicants consider including the following points when making a research funding application: 
  • A clear research question to be answered  
  • A literature review or systematic review in advance of the project to support the research question  
  • Plans for, or evidence of, ethical permissions  
  • With input from a R&D department, clear information about costs of the project including details of the grade and hours of any staff employed  
  • Clear information on how the data will be analysed and the statistical measures to be used – involve a statistician at the beginning of the project 
  • A project plan that shows the time expected for set up, collection of data, analysis and write up
Pitfalls to avoid:  
  • Not being able to recruit sufficient numbers  
  • Small numbers for analysis 
  • Not leaving enough time for collecting data
  • Similar projects in another centre 
Other considerations: 
  • Request ethical permission early 
  • Confounding factors – consider and understand as many confounding factors as possible and reduce them as much as possible without reducing the impact of any findings of the study 
  • Use well established robust and externally validated outcome measures where possible 
  • Measure inter and intra reliability 
  • Measure outcomes blindly and independently 
  • Collaborate with other centres where possible 


What you can also do for CLEFT:

Clearly state the impact of the research – how it will: 
  • Change the quality of people's lives  
  • Improve treatments 
  • Reduce the burden of treatment needed  
  • Reduce costs for health care providers 

The list of CLEFT Research Steering Committee members and their bios can be found by clicking here.