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Conflict Wound Research Call

The Scar Free Foundation is pleased to offer funding, for early stage, preliminary or exploratory research questions that could lead to major grant applications, in priority areas of Conflict Wound Research. A total of £150,000 is available.

This call is funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR Funds.


In Spring 2019, The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research hosted an international Research Symposium, the purpose of which was to shape future research priorities, which if addressed, will help improve the lives of retired, serving and future Armed Forces personnel affected by conflict wounds.

Attendees at the symposium included clinicians, scientists, representatives from Armed Forces support charities and members of the CASEVAC Club, a combat wounded community who are currently supporting studies conducted at The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research.

Background to the call

The Scar Free Foundation is a medical research charity whose mission is to achieve scar free healing within a generation and transform the lives of those affected by disfiguring conditions. Founded in 1999 as the Healing Foundation, we have supported over £20 million of life-changing research into wound healing.

Conflict Wound Research is one of several areas, including burns and cleft lip/palate research which the Foundation invests in to deliver its Scar Free Strategy.

How to apply

We are specifically looking for short-term, small-scale projects which could generate data to underpin more substantial research projects/programmes, funded in the future by The Scar Free Foundation or other funding bodies. Projects may include systematic reviews, pilot, feasibility or other studies.

Funding can be used to cover salaries, equipment, travel, consumables, open access publication, dissemination and public involvement costs.

Applicants are asked to complete a Scar Free Foundation Project Grant Application Form, available to download at

We will consider grants of between £10,000- £50,000.

Projects should be of up to 24 months in duration and must take place in the UK.

Projects that could lead to significant research that addresses the longer-term, physiological and psychological impact of conflict wounds and scarring upon current and future military veterans will be especially welcomed in this round.

Applicants are asked to submit a project grant application form to Eleanor Carden, Research Officer [email protected] by 8 May 2020 by 5pm

Timetable for Applicants

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If you have any questions regarding the call, please contact Charlotte Coates, Head of Research Funds, [email protected]

Please note due to the high volume of applicants, incomplete or unsigned applications will not be processed.