UKCP Research Fund

Research is very important to us at the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) to help promote the art and science of psychotherapy. We know that research comes in many forms, and we want to support our members to become more engaged with conducting research; and to promote existing work.

As part of our commitment to high-quality member research, we launched a new research fund to help support members in their research endeavours, making available up to £10,000 for one research project, in addition to 5 – 10 small scale research projects of £1000 – £3000.

Applications were open throughout summer 2020 and have now closed.

Research themes

At a time when psychotherapy can be undervalued – and misunderstood – by the public and policy members, we are particularly interested in work that highlights the power of psychotherapy to heal and the unique ways in which it can benefit individuals and society.

We are also interested in proposals related to the Covid-19 pandemic in relationship to psychotherapy and we acknowledge that this may currently be an area of focus for many. However we recognise that there that there is still much important work that may not be directly related to this.

We are interested in projects that highlight:

  • The role of psychotherapy when working with particular populations
  • Relational aspects of therapy and how these may be impacted by digitised delivery
  • The role of therapy / therapists in community building
  • Psychotherapy in relation to the climate crisis
  • This is not an exhaustive list and we welcome applications that extend beyond this remit.

Entry criteria

Applications are now closed.

  • Applicants must have current access to a process for gaining ethical permission to conduct research (i.e. through an academic institution / NHS).
  • Projects should commence within two months of the research award. They should be completed within one year.
  • Exceptions of up to two years may be made for larger scale projects, providing they were able to present preliminary data within a year.
  • The lead applicant must be a UKCP member (including trainees).
  • Applications may come from up to two applicants and the lead.
  • Funding to cover costs of undertaking and disseminating research. This may include the costs of open access publication for exceptional research articles.
  • Funding to cover salaries of applicants or research staff

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Submissions of research proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and should include:

  • a clear outline of the rationale
  • how the research will be undertaken, where and by whom
  • a timeline, with focus on the outputs of the study
  • a breakdown of costings.

Applicants must include in their application 200 words on proposed outputs relevant to UKCP. It may include as examples (not exhaustive) conference paper, peer reviewed or other published article, briefing for website, workshop, dataset for re-use, build relationship with new partner body.

As we know that many of our members have already been collecting data, we also invite applications for those who would like assistance in developing existing projects or for their dissemination.

Projects will be reviewed based on their methodological rigour, novelty, potential impact of the outputs and in their value for money.

We are offering up to £10,000 for one research project, in addition to 5 – 10 small scale research projects of £1000 – £3000.


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