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WoW-Reckitt Research Project Grant

Support independent researchers leading their own work focused on period pain in adolescence

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The WoW-Reckitt Research Project Grant (RG) will provide funding for a research project focused on period pain in adolescence, lasting up to three years and costing up to £300,000. Funds may only be used for directly incurred research costs.

We are particularly interested in understanding the following key areas but are not limiting the scope of the call to only these areas:

  • The role of Pharmacists, Primary Care (GPs, sexual and reproductive health services) and other healthcare providers in education on the topic of this call,
  • Education in schools/school curriculums
  • The myths and misunderstandings around period pain,
  • Barriers to good self-management and treatment,
  • Impact of period pain on school/higher education attendance and aspects of quality of life, including for example upon relationships, hobbies, as an early experience of serious pain.

We are open to other ideas brought to us by the community and welcome to this call any proposal which focuses on the overarching topic of addressing period pain in adolescence.

We anticipate that this research call will attract studies from a broad range of research fields and methodologies around the topic of period pain in adolescence and may include qualitative approaches. We welcome ideas from communities interested in menstrual related pain and it is important that proposals are diversely inclusive. We encourage collaborative applications across disciplines, with patient and public involvement and engagement at the centre.

The call will not fund basic laboratory-based research projects, nor projects that are focused on severe and chronic pain as a consequence of known endometriosis or adenomyosis.

The focus of the call is on addressing the under researched area of mild, moderate and strong pain in adolescents associated with their periods. Projects that are specifically looking at treatment from gynaecologists within secondary care is out of scope.

Awards are intended to support independent researchers leading their own work at an established research institution in the UK. We are inviting Expressions of Interest to this round and will then invite applicants to submit a full application following an initial eligibility assessment.

Call timeline

Call launch: Week commencing 11 March 2024

Stage 1 Expression of Interest deadline: 9 May 2024 at 1pm

Stage 2 full applications open: Week commencing 10 June 2024

Stage 2 submission deadline: 8 August 2024 at 1pm

Application outcome: October 2024

Awards start: from December 2024

How to apply

Download the WoW-Reckitt RG application forms and guidance below. Before applying, please read the grant guidance.

Please note only the Expression of Interest form is needed in the first stage. Applicants will then be invited to submit a full application following an initial eligibility assessment.

WoW-Reckitt_Research Project Grant_EoI Form 2024

WoW-Reckitt Research Project Grant Application Form 2024

WoW Research Questions for Non-standard Animals

WoW-Reckitt Research Project Grant Guidance for Applicants 2024

If you have any queries, please contact the Wellbeing of Women research team at [email protected] or call 020 3697 6350.