The deadline for applications has now passed. Details of how to apply for the 2024 grants will be online soon. 

Our collaborative research grants are intended to support high-quality, ethical research contributing to the evidence base for counselling, psychotherapy and/or coaching and conducted within new or existing collaborative research groups or networks.

For the purposes of these grants, ‘collaborative research’ is defined as research which involves a minimum of two different partners.

We are supporting grants of up to £50,000 per project and we also welcome applications for smaller amounts. Projects funded under this stream would not typically be expected to last longer than 24 months.

Eligibility criteria

Projects under this funding stream must: 

  • include a minimum of two different partners (academic, non-academic, industry or those with lived experience of counselling, psychotherapy or coaching) from multiple UK or international academic institutions. Teams from across more than one department or discipline, but from the same organisation, would also be considered collaborative and therefore eligible to apply for this grant
  • be led by a UK-based partner who has access to a formal research ethics committee
  • clearly demonstrate that the project team has the necessary skills and experience to be able to successfully deliver on the project
  • sit within BACP’s definition of client-focussed research in counselling, psychotherapy or coaching
  • demonstrate clear alignment with BACP’s organisational strategy and research priorities
  • appropriately involve people with lived experience (PLE) of counselling, psychotherapy or coaching throughout the research process (not simply as research participants)

For full details of the application process and eligibility criteria, please see our BACP Collaborative Research Grant Funding (pdf)

How to apply 

The deadline for applications has now passed. 

All applications are reviewed by our independent grants peer review panel and you might can read our BACP Collaborative Research Grants Application Score Template (Word)

Please note: In the awarding of a research grant, the arising intellectual property rights developed with the grant funding will be owned exclusively by the grant holder, however they will grant an exclusive licence, in perpetuity, to BACP to use the arising intellectual property for non-commercial purposes. Under no circumstances, will any commercial use of the arising intellectual property by allowed by either party.