Scientific Foundation Board (SFB)

The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) is the College's charitable funding body and awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting. Any GP, primary healthcare professional or university-based researcher may apply for a grant for scientific research to be undertaken in the UK.

The SFB 

The SFB, established 1976, is currently chaired by Professor Chris Salisbury.

The standard tenure of membership is three years, we invite applications for new clinical and non- clinical board members on an annual basis.

Chair's profile 

More information about current and past research projects supported by the SFB can be found in the table below.

Scientific Foundation Board awards

Grant availability (up to £20,000)

The 2015 Scientific Foundation Board grant call will open at the end of May 2015. Please note: If you are applying for a grant, the current application form and guidance are undergoing revisions; please do not use this format. Practitioners Allowance Grants remain open throughout the year.

The maximum award for any single study is £20,000, which must be submitted to the Board by the end of June in advance of the SFB meeting. The Board also considers applications for the Practitioners Allowance Grant of up to £1,000, which may be submitted throughout the year.

How to apply

The application form and the general guidelines apply regardless of the source of funding.
£20,000 grant
The deadline for 2014 research grant applications is 30 June 2014. Applications will be announced and applicants will be notified by December 2014.
Applications must be sent to the CIRC team by post and email (details below).

Practitioners allowance grant

Applications for grants under £1,000 are considered under Chairman's Action throughout the year. Applicants will be notified within four to six weeks of submission. One hard copy is required.

Application form

SFB general guidelines for applicants

The Board is continuing its partnership with Diabetes UK.

Research Fellowships  

Our funding partners will consider relevant and scientifically sound applications, prior to a final decision on the source of funding. They are particularly interested in supporting applications relating to:

  • improvements in the diagnosis, management and treatment of diabetes;
  • the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease;
  • preventive health;
  • and information and communication

The SFB has no research priorities of its own.

High priority is given to applications from young and/or new researchers who have not previously been funded, or pilot studies and short term studies lasting up to about 18 months.

General information

  • The Board does not fund audit projects or guideline developments
  • The Board is able to award grants to people who are not members of RCGP. Members of any primary care discipline are able to apply
  • Priority will be given to short term projects which will normally last up to 18 months
  • The Board will not generally fund time for individuals who are already in receipt of funding for research from another source, but may consider a request for protected time for an individual working in a research practice which was in receipt of R&D support funding

Interim and final reports

Grant Holders are required to submit an interim report to the Board after the first 12 months on any project of more than a year’s duration. This must be submitted within 6 months of the date shown on the Guidance for holders of grants from the Board form, which accompanies the letter confirming your award.

For projects of up to 12 months, grant holders should only submit a final report. This report must be submitted within 12 months of the end date of your study and will include a structured abstract for placement on the Board’s page on the RCGP website.

We request that all recipients of our grants acknowledge the SFB in publications and presentations of work that we have funded.

Contact us

Royal College of General Practitioners
30 Euston Square

Telephone: 020 3188 7594


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