Research grants

APS Support UK is a grant making charity recognised by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as a non-commercial partner funding research of clear value to the NHS as a result of open competition with high quality peer review.

As a non-commercial partner of the NIHR, APS Support UK can fund studies that may be eligible to access NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has extended support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings.

APS Support UK is a small charity with limited resources. We concentrate specifically on antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and do not have sufficient funds for large scale clinical trials or extensive basic research programmes.

Applications should not exceed £10,000 in value and will be considered for:

  • Smaller pilot studies which will lead to applications to major funders for large-scale research trials
  • Enabling grants for basic science support that would enable larger projects by providing essential data for large grant applications
  • Support for organising medical meetings that would facilitate improvements to the understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of APS, and its research (NB maximum grant £1000)
  • Travel awards to enable scientists or clinicians in training to attend national or international meetings to present their own research. The maximum award will be £1000 and we will require a letter from the applicant’s supervisor confirming that they are in training, and proof that their research has been accepted for presentation
  • Undergraduate BSc studentships grants over the summer period

APS Support UK is willing to work collaboratively with other charities where research interests overlap. Furthermore, our memorial fundraising sub-committee, the Louise Gergel Fellowship may be able to provide additional funding if a very worthwhile project exceeded the limit of £10,000.

In order that all grant applications made to APS Support UK are properly assessed, the Trustees have established a Peer Review Panel. The panel, chaired by Professor Hannah Cohen from University College London, meet once a year to advise the Trustees on suitability of applications for funding by APS Support UK; click to read more about the Peer Review Panel.

Applications for funding are peer-reviewed once a year with the final decision being advised during August and September.

The closing date for applications is 28th June 2024.

The APS Support UK Grant Application Form along with the Conditions of Grant can be downloaded from this page.

One original signed copy should be submitted, by post, to APS Support UK, The Orchard, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4AF, and a PDF copy emailed to


APS Support UK Grant Application Form (PDF File) (Word File)

APS Support UK Conditions of Grant

Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedure

In 2022, the Sonia Marsh Trust, kindly donated £5,000 to APS Support UK specifically for small research projects into APS. This family trust was set up by James Marsh, his two sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren in memory of James' wife, Sonia, who had APS and passed away after suffering a stroke. Here we have the grandchildren proudly presenting their generous cheque:


The extra £5,000 from the Sonia Marsh Trust was used for a single project or combined with a grant from APS Support UK making a total award of £10,000.

Our progress so far

We are dedicated to supporting research into antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and have committed over £547,954 to-date.

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Peer Review Panel

Consisting of APS medical professors and a patient representative, our panel reviews the relevance, originality and impact of applications.

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