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Funding calls

RESPECT 4 Neurodevelopment will be funding Pump-Prime feasibility studies to support innovative pilot or proof-of-concept studies. This includes projects that may be considered higher risk but with the potential for transformative results.

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Time Line and Application Process

The 2023 round will fund up to four pump-prime feasibility projects.  The value of each award is £50,000 over a maximum of one year (total funding £200,000).

  • 28 April 2023, Call opens 
  • 23rd June, Closing date 
  • Week of 3 July, Shortlisting completed 
  • 12-24 July, Interviews 
  • End of July, Decisions announced  
  • Start date from 1 September 2023 


Successful applications require multi-disciplinary collaborations between 

  • Bioengineers or  physicists (including partners from Industry or SMEs);
  • Psychologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians or neuroscientists; 
  • Neurodivergent people with lived experience 
  • Additional collaborations with further “stakeholders”, including policy makers or health professionals, are strongly encouraged. 


Please refer to the guidance notes for proposed mechanisms to find collaborators outside your area of expertise and FAQ.

Applications should be submitted on the R4N downloadable application form.

Eligibility and Remit

This call is open to Principal investigators who are resident in the UK  and meet at least one  of the eligibility criteria below: 


  • Are a lecturers or above at a UK Higher Education institution or NHS bodies with research capacity; 
  • Holding a fixed-term contract that extends beyond the duration of the proposed project at a UK Higher Education institution or NHS bodies with research capacity, provided and the host research organisation is prepared to give the applicant all the support normally provided for a permanent employee.