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Finding Research Funding  


The process of finding research funding for counselling and psychotherapy research takes time and commitment. There are not any specific funding bodies for counselling and psychotherapy research which means that if you are looking for research funding you will need to undertake a detailed search, along with quite literally a trawl through information on funding bodies to find those that match your research topic.

There is not one quick solution to finding the best funding match, however, there are a range of sources and tips that can assist you in the process of this task. The information provided here aims to point you in the right direction in starting to find research funding and includes the following links/information:

 

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  • A BACP Information Sheet entitled 'Finding research funding' will also be an excellent resource to guide you through finding funding along with listing key sources to help with this process. BACP members can email research@bacp.co.uk to obtain a copy, but please be aware that this information sheet is currently under review and is therefore not up to date, please bear this caveat in mind when reading this resource.

  • The most useful resources for finding charities that offer funding are the Directory of Social Changes Trustfunding Directory (this directory lists all publicly registered funding charities) and RDInfo (this is a Department of Health initiative that offers updated alerts on a range of funding opportunities). The attached article (from Therapy Today October 2006) gives detailed information on both of these resources. pdf file  RDInfo-TT-Oct-06 (0.16Mb)

Finally, when trying to find research funding it takes time, both in terms of searching for funders and writing applications. It is also common for an application to be unsuccessful several times before it 'strikes lucky', so always take any feedback from unsuccessful applications, apply again and don't give up.

Best of luck in any finding research funding endeavours.

 
       
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