Guidance on proposals

To enable us to target our research funding to best address the issues faced by blind and partially sighted people Thomas Pocklington Trust will put out targeted calls for research proposals throughout the year. These calls will be based on issues identified by blind and partially sighted people or those working on their behalf. We identify these issues through our Engagement and our Policy work.

These targeted calls will be posted here on our website and communicated through other appropriate channels.

We are currently closed to submissions.


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How to respond to a submissions call

Prospective applicants for project funding should send an email either with queries or including their full proposal to


Full Version 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:
  1. Staff fees/salaries (no. days and cost for each team member)
  2. Staff travel and subsistence
  3. Direct administration/office (including accessible materials)
  4. Project tasks/activity (costs for each stage or type of activity)
  5. Indirect costs or overheads (not usually met by Pocklington)
  6. Total VAT (where applicable)
  7. Total project cost, including VAT where applicable
  8. Costs to be met from other sources (if any)
  9. 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:

  1. Use Ariel point 14
  2. Use consistent headings and layout
  3. Avoid italics and paragraph indents (align left)
  4. Avoid blocks of capital letters
  5. Avoid columns
  6. Separate text from diagrams; keep tables and diagrams simple
  7. Give titles to tables and diagrams
  8. Detailed guidance on accessible documents is provided in Chapter 6 of our Researchers’ Toolkit.
  9. Once a proposal has been received, the research team can assist further to ensure it is accessible.