Early Career Grants

Number Offered: 2 each year
Target BASES Membership Category: Professional member
Application Closing Date: 1 February and 1 August (each year)
Apply for this grant: Click here to download the application form
Results Available: Within 8 weeks of the application closing date

Aim of award

BASES Early Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants aim to assist early career practitioners and researchers to develop their applied and research potential. Applicants must have obtained either BASES Accreditation or a PhD or Professional Doctorate within the last 5 years (whichever came first). Two grants up to a total of £2,000 each are available every year.

This award is intended to enable practice and research where the resources, equipment and infrastructure exists to support the intended activities. Therefore, applications for funds to support time, rather than resources, equipment and infrastructure will be considered more favourably. Applications should also make it clear that all other elements are in place to enable successful completion of the intended activities.

Grant criteria

  • The applicant must be a Professional Member of BASES.
  • The applicant must be within 5 years of obtaining either BASES accreditation, PhD or Professional Doctorate (whichever came first). BASES will consider making adjustments on a needs basis for individuals who have taken a career break within the first 5 years of their career; for example, for maternity leave or leave due to illness.
  • The applicant has read and will comply with the Terms and Conditions of the BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants.
  • The applicant must submit the BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grant application form and a two page CV. Only information contained within the application form and the CV will be considered.
  • Within four weeks of receiving the award letter, the recipients of a grant shall liaise with Dr Claire Hitchings (editor@bases.org.uk) to discuss the submission of an article (1,500 words max) for consideration in The Sport and Exercise Scientist. The article shall comply with Guidelines for Contributors to The Sport and Exercise Scientist. The emphasis of the article should be on contributing to the continuing professional development of sport and exercise scientists by promoting evidence-based practice. The award winner must agree the focus and format of the article with Dr Claire Hitchings prior to writing the article.

Each application is assessed against the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the grant with enable the applicant’s personal career development;
  • The projected impact of the proposed work and how the grant will enable this;
  • The clarity of the applicant’s description of his/her career ambitions and how the grant application matches and enables these;
  • The applicant’s contribution to BASES.
  • The applicant has not submitted a BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grant application within the past year.
  • The applicant has not received a BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grant within the past 3 years.

Terms and conditions

  • In making an application for a grant, the applicant agrees to abide by each of the terms and conditions contained within this schedule, upon and following any award of a grant.
  • This schedule, together with the requirements set out in the application guidelines and any subsequent grant offer letter, constitute the agreement between BASES and the recipient.
  • BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants may be used for:
    • Fees for courses/workshops etc. specifically related to development of skills and knowledge appropriate to the proposed work.
    • Travel and other expenses, such as accommodation, associated with their client group work or attending training courses, etc. This can be in the UK or overseas.
    • Purchase of equipment/consumables specifically for use in the applied work.
  • BASES Early-Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants may not be used for:
    • Paying for BASES Supervised Experience supervision.
    • Membership of professional bodies, etc
    • Costs to present any findings at a conference (i.e., for conference travel, accommodation or registration costs).
    • Support for work directly associated with a course/degree for which the applicant is already registered.
  • The grant awarded shall not be used for any purpose other than that stated in the grant offer letter.
  • The decision is final in all cases and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Grants will not be awarded in the absence of submissions of sufficient merit.
  • The payment of a grant is subject, at all times, to BASES being satisfied that all these conditions are being complied with.
  • Successful grant applicants are expected to acknowledge fully, in writing, the nature of the BASES support in any publications, presentations or reports arising from the grant.
  • Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to present the outcomes of the funded work at the BASES Annual Conference
  • Within 18 months of receiving the grant award letter, recipients of a grant shall submit:
    • A full financial report on how the funds, including receipts, were used
    • A 1,500 word (approx.) article - focus and format to be agreed with Dr Claire Hitchings FBASES - for consideration in The Sport and Exercise Scientist. Recipients of a grant are advised to read the ‘Guidelines for Contributors to The Sport and Exercise Scientist’.
  • If a full financial report and a 1,500-word article for The Sport and Exercise Scientist are not received within the specified time period, the grant entitlements will be rescinded, and grant payments will have to be refunded to BASES in full.

BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.



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