First call for bids for research funding is announced

Dimbleby Cancer Care has joined forces with Marie Curie Cancer to establish a new £500,000 Research Fund which aims to find ways of improving end-of-life care.

The Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund has recently put out its first call for bids.  It is offering a total of £500,000 in 2010/11 for robust research into effective ways of using volunteers in the provision of end of life care.

The first call for research recognises that many of those who provide services to people at the end of life are seeking to develop new ways of involving volunteers to support the delivery of care. Specifically, the call seeks to:

  • understand the potential for effective interventions using volunteers;
  • establish the evidence base for how volunteers may improve care; and
  • understand the limitations and the costs of using volunteers.

In short, how much can the use of volunteers support the delivery of high quality care at the end of life?

The call is open to all and applications within the remit will be peer-reviewed, allowing for a wholly open and competitive process for determining funding. Methodological rigour and feasibility of the project will be paramount.The deadline for submission of proposals is November 15 2010.

For more information and application forms, see our Research pages on this site.

For further enquiries, contact Georgie Grindlay at Dimbleby Cancer Care or call 020 7188 7889.