The Colt Foundation is interested in supporting research into the health, safety and comfort of people at work. The Trustees have occasionally supported projects which fall outside this area, but these projects are very much the exception.
The Trustees meet twice a year to review applications, in the spring and in the autumn, and applications normally need to be received approximately eight weeks beforehand to be considered at the Meetings. The next Meeting is in November 2017 and the closing date for receipt of applications was 1st September 2017. The following Meeting is likely to be in May 2018. Applications for the May Meeting will need to be received by 20th February 2018 so that a full assessment can be obtained from external assessors before the papers are prepared for the Meeting. However, applicants can submit a single sheet lay summary at any time during the year prior to working on a full application, so that advice can be given on whether the work is likely to fall within the remit of the Foundation. The Trustees are particularly keen to fund research that is likely to inform government policy or change working practices.
Applications should contain sufficient information for the Scientific Advisers to be able to comment, and should include a lay summary for the Trustees’ first appraisal. This lay summary is essential as the majority of the Trustees do not have a medical or scientific background. This summary will help them in their decision between the different applications under consideration. Applications are not expected to exceed 3,000 words, excluding references, the lay summary and justification of resources. Brief CV’s, not exceeding two sides of A4 paper, should be attached for each of the major applicants. Please read these questions carefully and although you do not need to follow them precisely, you should bear them in mind when preparing your application:
Applications involving research on people and/or on human tissues must receive the approval of an ethics committee. As a charity, the Colt Foundation will only pay the Directly Incurred Costs of a project, together with some categories of necessary Directly Attributable Costs. Universities are reimbursed by HEFCE for the majority of Directly Attributable and Indirect Costs. In addition to funding, the Foundation takes a continuing interest in its research projects and holds annual review meetings. The trustees may appoint an external assessor to report on project progress. Grants are not made to the general funds of other charities, or directly to individuals, or to projects based outside the UK. Details of recent projects supported are shown on the website under ‘Projects’.
The Foundation also makes grants to students taking higher degrees in subjects related to occupational and environmental health through selected universities and colleges. More than 240 students have been supported since the inception of the Foundation in 1978, and grants to students account for between one-quarter and one-third of the Foundation's annual grants.
Colt Foundation Fellowships in Occupational/Environmental Health
The Foundation awards fellowships each year to persons carrying out research within the area of occupational and environmental health. The research is expected to lead to a PhD degree. Further details are shown on the website under 'Students'.