Objectives and Priorities


The BCIG’s objectives are to promote research and collaboration within the British cochlear implant community.  This small grants program is intended as a catalyst or seed fund to encourage research that improves CI outcomes through better diagnostics, evaluation of existing treatments, or development of new treatments.


Preference is given to applications that show collaboration between institutions within the UK, is inclusive, shows interdisciplinary collaboration with otologists, audiologists, speech and language therapists and rehabilitationists, basic scientists or other health professionals.


Involvement of patients is very much encouraged, particularly if a clinical project. Involvement of trainees is encouraged, but is not essential. Presentation at BCIG is expected, and successful candidates might want to consider publication in Cochlear Implants International, the BCIG affiliated journal. We would expect projects to be feasible for completion within a 12-18 month period (including ethics approvals).


Grants of up to £3,000 are available.  Eligible costs are: workshops to develop protocols and collaborations, equipment, consumables and small studentships, such as summer studentships. Travel to present results is eligible only for students and trainees, and is limited to a maximum of 10% of the costs.  A report at the end of the project, and in any case at 6 months and 1 year post funding to the BCIG  (mlb59@cam.ac.uk) is mandatory.  The lead applicant must be a BCIG member.


Please collate all information onto this one form (including all short CVs) and submit as a PDF. We will NOT accept separate parts of the application as separate forms. Please email applications to Manohar Bance (mlb59@cam.ac.uk) and copy in info@bcig.org.uk.  Application emails MUST have the subject line header BCIG Small Grants Program 202x: PI xxxxx, where X is the year and PIs name.


BCIG Small Grants Program Application Form