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The grant round is now closed

The Meningitis Now grant round is now closed.

Meningitis Now is proud to fund cutting edge, innovative and impactful research that works towards the eradication of meningitis and related disease through prevention. In the last grant round, applications were considered if they work towards the prevention of meningitis and associated disease in the UK. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Vaccine development 
  • Understanding risk factors associated with infection and carriage
  • Understanding mechanisms of pathogenesis which could ultimately inform novel preventative strategies

For more information, please see the Guidance Notes.

Meningitis Now research grants

Meningitis Now provides grants to research teams undertaking specific projects that work towards preventing all forms of meningitis and associated septicaemia.

Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £250,000 over three years and must not exceed £100,000 per year. Grants may be used to cover the costs of project staff, consumables, and expenses. For more details please see the guidance notes.


In general terms, applications should be:

  • Focused on the prevention of meningitis and associated diseases through vaccine-related and other preventative strategies
  • Based in, and of benefit to, the UK
  • From research teams or individuals with an established record of research into meningitis or associated disease
How decisions are made

We are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and adhere to their principles of best practice, including accountability, balance, independence, rotation of scientific advisors and impartiality. We run a rigorous peer review process to ensure that only the most worthy research is funded.

Both preliminary and full applications are reviewed by our Scientific Medical Advisory Panel. The panel is made up of expert scientists and clinicians in the field of meningitis who assess applications on their scientific merit and the following criteria: relevance, innovation, originality, design, methodology, track record of the applicants, strengths of the established research programme, ethical aspects and financial value.

Full applications are assessed using the same criteria by a minimum of two independent peer reviewers. All peer reviewers are experts in their field and will provide written feedback on the application. Principal applicants are offered the opportunity to respond to anonymised peer review comments before the advisory panel meet.

The advisory panel meet to discuss applications and make their recommendations on what the charity should consider funding. Final decisions are made by the Meningitis Now board of trustees, based on the recommendations of the advisory panel.

Unsuccessful applicants will be given feedback on why their proposal was not funded.

All individuals involved in the grant application process must agree to adhere to our code of conduct which incorporates our research conflict of interest policy. 

Every five years the AMRC audits member's peer review processes. In 2015, our Peer Review process was successfully audited and we were awarded a certificate of ‘Best practice in medical and health research peer review’. This demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of accountability balance, independent decision making, rotation and impartiality in the allocation of research grants.

For more information on our peer review standards visit the AMRC here.

NIHR partnership status

We have been awarded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Partnership Status. As a funder that has been awarded NIHR partnership status, research teams we fund will automatically be eligible for consideration for NHS support costs.

Policy on the use of animals in research

We are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments. 

This research only takes place where there is no alternative available. All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this statement.

We are committed to the principals of replacement, refinement and reduction (3Rs) of animal research and all applications are assessed against this criteria.

Contact us 

For more information about applying for a research grant, our Scientific Medical Advisory Panel (SMAP), Research Programme and Peer Review Process, please contact us on 01453 768000 or email