CLEFT: Bridging the Gap aims to support high quality research into cleft lip and palate and associated conditions. Research proposals may include clinical trials, laboratory and clinical experimental medicine, hypothesis-driven data collection or tissue banking and qualitative studies. Details of previously supported projects can be found by clicking the button below. Preference will be given to clinical research proposals.  All proposals must fit with the philosophy of CLEFT  and have received ethical approval.

Completed research projects

Who is eligible?

At least one applicant must be able to demonstrate a link to a multidisciplinary cleft team. In the UK, this will be with a Regional Cleft Centre.

CLEFT will consider all applications, with the aim of providing support for high quality research projects as widely as possible across the the UK. 

Please check if your department has its own earmarked research funds which could be used before applying to CLEFT. CLEFT is willing to consider matched funding applications.

What are the judging criteria?

In addition to scientific quality, the Research Steering Committee considers the following: benefit to those affected by cleft lip and palate, relevance to those affected by cleft lip and palate and their carers, value for money, and likelihood of achieving the aims of answering the research question.  As a national charity, the Research Steering Committee will also aim to support centres across the UK.

What types of award are there?

  1. Researchers may apply to CLEFT for help with raising funds for a research project. If approved, CLEFT will support fundraising for the project through the CLEFT website. Benefits include helping identify grant giving bodies and with writing applications to grant giving bodies, claiming Gift Aid and national publicity. Research funds raised will need to be costed by and administered by your local R&D department. 
  2. Researchers may submit an application for funding following a call for proposals. These will be advertised on the CLEFT website.

How do I apply? 

Complete the application form.


Terms & Conditions

  1. The Research Committee Steering Group may ask for further information before making a decision.
  2. Successful applicants for grant funding will be required to:
  • sign a grant agreement,
  • complete a registration form with the R&D department that will administer the funds and copy this to CLEFT before the funding will be delivered.
  • write a report, including a lay summary of results, at the end of the project. If the project takes more than a year, a report will be required annually. 
  1. Following a grant for >£50,000, a value for money audit will be carried out by an independent body.
  2. If CLEFT supports you in raising funds and the agreed sum has not been reached within the agreed time frame, the funds will be used by CLEFT for other projects.
  3. Any publications arising from the project should acknowledge the CLEFT charity.