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The Association's Grant Round has now closed.

New! - Flexible Funding Scheme for 2021 - Recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research, the Paget’s Association has introduced a new Flexible Funding Scheme - please scroll down for details.

The Paget’s Association’s Research Grant Round 2021

The Paget’s Association invites applications for Research Project Grants in all areas of Paget’s disease of bone. Collaborative research is strongly encouraged including through our Paget’s Association Centres of Excellence (PACEs). Research grants are only available to lead investigators in the UK. COVID-specific research applications should be directed through our Flexible Funding Scheme (new for 2021).

Applications are unlikely to be funded beyond £60,000 in total. The maximum period of funding will typically be 3 - 4 years although shorter applications are welcomed. Applications must include an assessment, within the proposed project, of the likely impact on patients with Paget’s disease.

HOW TO APPLY for a Research Project Grant 
This will be a two-stage process. Outline proposals should be submitted to the Paget’s Association using the application form - Download the project grant application form.

Following review by the RSC (Research Subcommittee), full applications (2nd stage) will be requested for those applications deemed to be suitable for external review.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (FIRST STAGE):  Mon 18th January 2021, 23:59 GMT

AWARD DATE: By agreement  START DATE: From Sept 2021

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO applications@paget.org.uk  Other correspondence should be addressed to Chair of the Research Subcommittee and be submitted electronically to: PAresearchoffice@paget.org.uk

Download the project grant application form.


Download the Conditions of Award here: PA Conditions for the award of Grant 

NEW! - Flexible Funding Scheme 2021

The Paget’s Association invites applications for its Flexible Funding Scheme. The Paget’s Association recognises the impact of the COVID pandemic across the research sector, as well as on our members. For 2021 only we are introducing a Flexible Funding Scheme that will consider applications in either/both of the two categories indicated below.

  • Awards - up to a maximum of £15,000 (two in total).
  • Limited to one award per institution.
  • Collaborative awards (multi-centre) are strongly encouraged.
  • Whilst these awards may be especially applicable to Paget’s Association’s Centres of Excellence (PACE) the scheme is open to all UK-based Paget’s researchers, and lead applicants do not need to be PACE members.
  • Paget's Association research grants are only available to lead investigators in UK.
[i] Paget’s Research Recovery Awards 
  • Intended to provide additional support for ongoing Paget’s-related projects not already funded by the Association.
  • Applicants must detail the impact of the COVID pandemic on recent progress of existing Paget’s research and the exceptional circumstances that merit this recovery funding; as well as how the funding would help mitigate these circumstances and accelerate the Paget's research programme.
[ii] COVID-Specific Paget’s Research Awards
  • These awards are to support studies directly assessing or evaluating the impact of COVID on Paget’s patients e.g. epidemiological, database or qualitative research.
  • A track record in Paget’s research is not essential although appropriate expertise must be demonstrated.

Download the Flexible Funding Scheme application form.

HOW TO APPLY for the Flexible Funding Scheme
Proposals should be submitted to the Paget’s Association using the appropriate section of the application form on page 3 (Recovery Award) or 5 (COVID-Specific Research Award).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Monday 18th January 2021, 23:59 GMT

AWARD DATE: By agreement - it is expected the scheme will provide agile decisions and that awarded funding will be available early 2021.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO applications@paget.org.uk Other correspondence should be addressed to Chair of the Research Subcommittee and be submitted electronically to: PAresearchoffice@paget.org.uk


  • Any aspect of Paget’s research will be considered but proposals must demonstrate patient benefit
  • Funding can be used flexibly but applicants must indicate a spending plan 
  • Applications will be subject to rapid but rigorous internal review managed by the RSC (Research Subcommittee) and final approval by the Board of Trustees
  • Depending on the proposed project(s), the Association reserves the right to co-opt independent research experts into any decision-making processes about suitability of individual projects for funding

Download the Flexible Funding Scheme application form.


The Association encourages and funds research into various aspects of Paget's Disease. You can read our Research Strategy here.

The Paget's Association's Research Grant Award Process

NB: This process does not apply to the 2021 Flexible Funding Scheme (contact us for details).

Each year the Association offers funding for research into various aspects of Paget’s disease. Researchers are invited to apply to the Association's Research Subcommittee for funding and the process to asess the applications is in two stages. The first stage is an application summarising the research to be undertaken and how it aligns with our strategies and priorities. If this basic application is approved by the Research Subcommittee, the researchers are invited to submit a second-stage detailed application.

The second-stage applications are dealt with by the Paget’s Research Grants Committee, which is external to the Paget’s Association’s Board of Trustees and is led by Professor Tim Arnett at the University College London (see below for committee members). This external oversight ensures independence in the assessment of the scientific rigour and value of submitted applications, in line with charity committee guidance. The Research Grants Committee requests written peer reviews regarding each application, from experts across the globe knowledgeable in the particular field concerned. The Research Grants Committee then assesses all the information before making recommendations to the Trustees of the Paget’s Association, advising which research projects should be funded.

Paget’s Research Grants Committee (external):
Chair: Professor Tim Arnett
Dr Frances Williams
Dr Celia Gregson
Vacant position

Paget's Association's Research Subcommittee (internal)
Chair: Prof Rob Layfield
Vice-Chair: Mr Mike Patnick
Contact us for full current membership details 


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