Funding Research

Eva’s Friends was founded in November 2017. We are a small organisation, but in time we intend to have a big impact.

As set out in our constitution, the object of the charity is: “the relief of sickness and preservation of health of children with rare neurological conditions by the provision of funds for research into the prevention and treatment of such conditions provided that all useful results are disseminated to the public”.

In plain English, this means that Eva’s Friends aims to select the very best projects which are most likely to make a difference to the field of paediatric neurological research.

We will make grants to individuals and/or organisations so that they can pursue a range of cutting-edge research that the charity’s trustees deem has the potential to ultimately provide treatments and cures for rare neurological conditions in children.

Research Grant Applications

Due to the small size of our charity, we only make grants on an ad hoc basis. As such, individuals and organisations are welcome to apply at any time. In the first instance, please contact with a brief outline of your project. You will then be asked to complete an application form.


Applications are assessed by the charity trustees. We prefer to fund focused research projects of up to 2 years in length. Assessment is based on 3 criteria:

  • What does the project aim to achieve?
  • How likely is the project to achieve its desired outcome?
  • For what specifically will the grant be used?

Who can apply?

Applicants must be UK-based, have at minimum a PhD qualification and be able to show that they will direct the proposed research and be actively engaged in the work.

Types of Support

Grants can include, but are not limited to, financial support to cover the following costs:

  • The salary of the researcher or co-researchers
  • Equipment
  • Data sharing