Pocklington welcomes proposals for research and related development work in line with our priority themes. We also periodically issue calls for research proposals to address particular topics within these areas.
The priority themes sit within Pocklington’s overarching strategic goals of understanding and meeting the needs of people with sight loss.
Our research themes include:
  • Support for independent living – employment, technology, lighting and design, housing and locality, social life and leisure
  • Prevention, detection and awareness of sight loss
  • Early intervention, rehabilitation and continuing advice and support
  • Social and economic factors and circumstances
  • Health and wellbeing – sight loss and ageing; sight loss and dementia, mental health and other concurrent health conditions

Prospective applicants for project funding should first send an email to research@pocklington-trust.org.uk, outlining their idea or topic and their approach in two or three brief paragraphs. We may then ask for a draft proposal, either in short or full version.

Short Version Proposals

Short version proposals should be 2-3 pages and include:

  • Project title, institution or organisation and lead applicant(s)
  • Project summary (max 200 words)
  • Related research, policy context and why project is needed
  • Aims, objectives and research question(s)
  • Research design and methods
  • Expected outcomes (including benefits to people with sight loss)
  • Estimated duration of project and total project cost

Full Proposals

Full version proposals should be 6-10 pages, depending on the scale and complexity of the project. Proposals should have short sections under the following headings (not all may be relevant to every project):

  • Project title, institution or organisation and lead applicant(s)
  • Project summary (max 200 words)
  • Related research, policy context and why project is needed
  • Aims, objectives and research question(s)
  • Management and project staffing (including names, where known)
  • Relevant knowledge, skills and expertise of applicants
  • Research design and methods
  • Duration of project and key stages in work programme
  • Ethical issues and action to be taken
  • Interim and final reports and other outputs
  • Initial plans for dissemination and communication (e.g. events)
  • Expected outcomes (including benefits to people with sight loss)
  • Liaison with Pocklington (and partners, if relevant)
  • Plans for composition and involvement of project advisory group
  • Budget sheet showing:
    o Staff fees/salaries (no. days and cost for each team member)
    o Staff travel and subsistence
    o Direct administration/office (including accessible materials)
    o Project tasks/activity (costs for each stage or type of activity)
    o Indirect costs or overheads (not usually met by Pocklington)
    o Total VAT (where applicable)
    o Total project cost, including VAT where applicable
    o Costs to be met from other sources (if any)
    o Amount of funding requested from Pocklington
  • Names and contact details of two referees (email and phone)
  • Short CVs of lead applicant(s) and key staff
  • Brief appendices and references, as appropriate

Further Information

Proposals should be prepared with particular attention to accessibility for readers and reviewers with sight loss. Our golden rules include:

  • Use Ariel point 14
  • Use consistent headings and layout
  • Avoid italics and paragraph indents (align left)
  • Avoid blocks of capital letters
  • Avoid columns
  • Separate text from diagrams; keep tables and diagrams simple
  • Give titles to tables and diagrams

Detailed guidance on accessible documents is provided in Chapter 6 of our Researchers’ Toolkit. Once a proposal has been received, the research team can assist further to ensure it is accessible.