The BSG Averil Osborn Award for Participatory Research 2016/2017
2016/2017 Application Round is Now Closed
Applications for grants from the BSG Averil Osborn Award for Participatory Research are now invited:
Awards objectives and policies
• The aim of the Fund is to encourage and support work which will improve the quality-of-life and citizenship of older people.
• The Fund wishes to support original studies that involve older people at all stages of the research (design, execution, interpretation, dissemination).
• Awards in the range £500-£3,000 may be made.
Essential features of an Averil Osborn project
• projects in which older people lead or directly participate.
• those following an agenda agreed with older people.
Favoured types of projects
• new initiatives or projects which build on existing work.
• projects with a clear dissemination strategy.
• projects with a clear timetable and specific outputs or products.
• all methodologies and approaches are considered.
• all disciplines and forms of professional involvement are considered.
Conditions and restrictions
• the outcomes must be reported to the Awards
Panel. A normal condition of a grant is that an article is submitted to
the BSG’s Generations Review, or a paper is presented at the Society’s
• grants will not be made to support doctoral research nor towards the general funds of an organisation.
• The costs of providing services are not funded.
How to prepare an application for a grant:
Applications should have a cover sheet with points 1 to 10 as below, and no more than three additional A4 pages. The cover sheet should set out:
1. Name of applicant(s).
2. Affiliation or employer of applicant(s). If none, the project is expected to be in association with a collaborating research, statutory or voluntary body.
3. Address, telephone and email address.
4. Name of collaborating organisation (if applicable).
5. Contact person in collaborating organisation and address details (if applicable).
6. Title of the proposed research.
7. Abstract or summary of 50-80 words.
8. Amount applied for.
9. Start date and period over which the work will be undertaken.
10. Name of the person responsible for reporting back to the panel.
The further pages should describe the background, objectives, method and design, anticipated outcomes or outputs (eg publications, products, models of service delivery), and the dissemination plans of the project. They should conclude with the costs of the project, specifying the major items. Applicants without research experience are strongly advised to seek the guidance and advice of an experienced researcher. It is stressed that the involvement of older people in the design and
conduct of the research is particularly encouraged and particular attention should be given to the benefits for older people, and to publication and dissemination.
Applications must be made via email to Sue Venn at firstname.lastname@example.org
All applications will be acknowledged. Successful applicants may expect to hear the outcome by the end of December 2016 or beginning of January 2017.
For further details and information on how to apply see the BSG Website
or email Sue Venn at email@example.com
. Please note applications must be made via email attachments.
The closing date for applications is Friday 18th November 2016
Please also consider making a donation
We rely solely on donations to continue to fund outstanding projects,
therefore please do consider making a donation of any amount. Please
visit the BSG Website to see the different ways you can donate. Or please contact the Secretary of the Award, Sue Venn, firstname.lastname@example.org.