How to apply

Applications for grants from the BSG Averil Osborn Award for Participatory Research are invited, please read below to find out more about the application process
The BSG Averil Osborn Award for Participatory Research 2022

This year we welcome projects once again. This time, however, we ask that all proposals take into account the constraints of Covid-19, and ensure that all methodology observes Covid-19 safety measures, regardless of the proposed timelines.

Aims and Objectives of the Award

The aims and objectives of the Fund are:

  • To support original studies that involve older people at all stages of the research (design, execution, interpretation, dissemination)
  • To encourage work which empowers socially excluded groups of older people
  • To promote innovative projects which promote evidence-based policies and practices
Selection Process and Criteria

We welcome applications from individuals or groups according to the criteria below.  We would encourage any applicant(s) inexperienced in conducting research to seek an appropriate supporting partner, such as an academic institution.

Award entries will be judged on the following key assessment criteria:

  • Older people direct or lead the project
  • The project uses creative methodologies to engage with older people
  • The purpose of the project is clear
  • The audiences/participants are well defined
  • The desired outcomes of the project are clearly stated
  • The project has a clear dissemination strategy
  • The project has a clear timetable
  • The project has a clear budget
Conditions and Restrictions
  • The outcomes must be reported to the Awards Panel in the form of a report. In addition, a normal condition of a grant is that recipients write a blog for BSG Ageing Issues, or a paper is presented at the Society’s annual conference. Grants will not be made to support doctoral or master’s research nor towards the general funds of an organisation.
  • The costs of providing services are not funded.
How to Apply

How to prepare an application grant:

Applications should have a cover sheet with points 1 to 10 as below, and no more than three additional A4 pages. The cover sheet should set out:

  1. Name of applicant(s).
  2. Affiliation or employer of applicant(s). If none, the project is expected to be in association with a collaborating research, statutory or voluntary body.
  3. Address, telephone and email address.
  4. Name of collaborating organisation (if applicable).
  5. Contact person in collaborating organisation and address details (if applicable).
  6. Title of the proposed research.
  7. Abstract or summary of 50-80 words.
  8. Amount applied for.
  9. Start date and period over which the work will be undertaken.
  10. Name of the person responsible for reporting back to the panel

The further pages should describe the background, objectives, method and design, anticipated outcomes or outputs (eg publications, products, models of service delivery), and the dissemination plans of the project. They should conclude with the costs of the project, specifying the major items. Applicants without research experience are strongly advised to seek the guidance and advice of an experienced researcher. It is stressed that the involvement of older people in the design and conduct of the research is particularly encouraged and particular attention should be given to the benefits for older people, and to publication and dissemination.

Applications must be made via email to Karen Burnell

All applications will be acknowledged. Successful applicants may expect to hear the outcome by the end of the year in which the application is made or very soon thereafter.

For further details and information on how to apply email Karen Burnell at

Please note applications must be made via email attachments.

Please also consider making a donation

We rely solely on donations to continue to fund outstanding projects, therefore please do consider making a donation of any amount. Please visit the BSG Website to see the different ways you can donate. Or please contact the Secretary of the Award, Karen Burnell.