A big part of our mission is to support research studies to help advance the effective treatment and management of severe allergies.
With every new piece of research, we come closer to one day knowing how best to prevent severe allergies and maybe even find a cure altogether.
Click on the links below to learn more about the different research projects we are currently involved in and to find out how you can support us in this:
- Allergy Research Small Grant Scheme — for MSc, MA or PhD students/early career researchers
- Joint funded small grants for research into allergy and dietetics with the BDA
- Anaesthetic Anaphylaxis – the Molecular Genetics of Adverse Drug Reactions study
- Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management
- TRACE Peanut Study
- Food Preferences Study
Funding for MSc, MA, PhD students or early career researchers
Applications for 2016 are now closed. We regret that we are not accepting any further applications for 2017 at present as our funds are committed elsewhere.
Previous grants went to:
- £600 was awarded to a research student at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for an investigation into whether AAIs are capable of intramuscular adrenaline injection even when the needle tip does not reach the muscle. The study also investigated whether injection into ballistic gelatin is an accurate reflection of what happens in muscle tissue. You can read the article published in the Journal of Clinical Allergy and Immunology here. You can also view the poster submitted to the BSACI in 2014 here.
- £2,100 was awarded to a research student at the University of Birmingham, for a study into new technology for auto-injector training, evaluating the AllergiSense Smartphone system. You can read the summary report on this study here. Their research was also published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Infomatics.
- £824 was awarded to researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, for a study of markers for Pollen Food Syndrome in children. You can read the summary report on this study here.
- £2,200 was awarded to researchers at the University of Manchester, for a study elucidating the role of fungal protease allergen induced TSLP production in promoting allergy, anaphylaxis and airway wall remodelling. You can read the summary report on this study here.
- £4,450 was awarded to researchers at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust towards the cost of video production for an educational project for parents of children with food allergies (milk, egg, nuts). You can read the summary report on this study here. You can also view the poster submitted to the BSACI in 2015 here.
- £2,245 was awarded to researchers from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital & Evelina Children’s Hospital for a study into why young people with severe allergies join support groups, exploring how and why young people interact with support groups and what they perceive as the helpful aspects in managing their condition. You can read the outcome of this study here.
- £2,350 was awarded to researchers at North Cumbria University Hospital to develop training and protocols to manage allergies safely in Cumbrian Schools. A full report on the findings of this study are available here.
We don’t award
- Grants towards service provision or audit studies
- Grants purely for higher education, we do not pay course fees for degrees or subsistence costs
- Grants for non-UK based students or for work undertaken wholly outside the U.K
- Any indirect costs such as administrative or other overheads imposed by the university or other institution
- Costs associated with advertising and recruitment of staff
- ‘Top up’ funding for work supported by other funding bodies
- Costs to attend conferences.
Send your application form to: email@example.com
This grant programme is a joint initiative with the Trustees of the British Dietetic Association General and Education Trust Fund. The research fund aims to advance the science and practice of dietetics in relation to allergic conditions and is open to researchers with innovative ideas for new research in this field, which can be completed within 18 months of the grant award.
Our first grant under this programme has been awarded to researchers from Imperial College and the University of Portsmouth, for a study assessing current dietetic practice in food allergy management, to enable the development of diet sheet guidelines. The study is expected to be completed by the end of December 2017.
We are not currently accepting applications in 2017.
Anaphylactic reactions are a rare but potentially fatal adverse effect of anaesthesia given before surgery. At The University of Liverpool, researchers are currently investigating the potential genetic factors behind why some people have these reactions.
The team, led by Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed, hope to develop a simple blood test that can be used to identify at-risk patients before they are given an anaesthetic. This work can only be done with the help of people who have suffered an allergic reaction to anaesthetic medications in the past. After giving a small sample of their blood or saliva, the DNA of around 200 such people will be analysed in order to identify the potential genetic reasons for their adverse reactions.
If you have had an anaphylactic reaction as a result of an anaesthetic and would like to help inform a more personalised approach to anaesthesia, please see the study team’s recruitment poster for details on how to get involved.
Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management, Pan-European project
The iFAAM project is the world’s biggest ever study of food allergies. It is being spearheaded by the University of Manchester, but is worldwide in scope and involves the world’s leading experts in the UK, Europe, Australia and US.
We have been actively involved in delivering the patient’s perspective on the issues involved in this project and organising focus grops and contributing to papers on incidence and severity of food allergies. The programme has recently concluded (February 2017) and we will be making relevant results from the iFAAM programme public when they become available.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration.
Addenbrokes Hospital, Cambridge
The TRACE Peanut Study took place at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London and Addenbooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and aimed to find out exactly how much peanut is safe for the population so that food labelling can ultimately be improved.
Food manufacturers generally use precautionary ‘may contain nuts/peanuts’ warnings because they can’t be sure whether products may, by accident, contain peanut. The TRACE Peanut Study aimed to find out exactly how much peanut will cause an allergic reaction in those with a peanut allergy by conducting food challenge testing on around 100 people. The focus area of the study was on two ‘extrinsic’ factors known to influence allergic thresholds (exercise and tiredness).
The Food Standards Agency, who commissioned the trial, will be able to use this information to improve the clarity of food labelling for peanut-allergic consumers in the UK, something we as an organisation are keen to develop as one of the best lines of defence against anaphylaxis.
The Campaign helped with recruitment of subjects to the study and were also on the Trial Steering Committee(TSC). Our role was to help protect patient safety throughout the study and to ensure the patient’s voice is heard.
The Trace Peanut Study is now concluded and publication of the findings is awaited.
Conducted by the University of Bath, University College Cork and the University of Southampton on behalf of the Food Standards Agency.
Following implementation of allergen rules in the Food information Regulations in December 2014, this research aims to understand the impact of this legislation on food allergic and food intolerant consumers’ reported eating out behaviours and experiences, and to compare these with the experiences of allergic and intolerant consumers prior to the legislation.
Firstly there will be a report on the early results of the qualitative work conducted with 57 participants that explored the change in their eating out experiences following their first interviews before the 2014 legislation. The researchers will note both continuity and change in the strategies and preferences that they report when eating out. Secondly, the researchers will outline the areas that will be explored in the survey that will be launched in November 2016 to 200 participants that are new to the survey. Eight hundred and seventy four participants completed Part 1 and 632 consented to be re-contacted and so will be invited to return to complete Part 2. This survey has a particular focus on changing profiles of quality of life as well as characterising any changes in eating out practices and preferences between the two time points. Finally the researchers will report on the associated PhD project exploring on the ways in which people utilise social media in both seeking and providing allergy relevant information and how they attribute credibility to this.
The findings of this study have just been published by the Food Standards Agency – click on this link to find out more.