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2018 FUND now OPEN

The Waterloo Foundation is delighted to announce our deadlines for the Child Development Fund 2018.

We are currently inviting applications for research funding into Motor Impairments or Diet and/or the microbiome in relation to child development outcomes (cognitive/ emotional/psychological) (deadline Sunday 1st July, 2018) and look forward to supporting projects that complement our research interests in these areas. As always we remain particularly interested in research related to neurodevelopmental disorders and their co-occurrence. For more information about the specifics of this call please see the table below.


TWF is interested in the psychological and behavioural development of our children, and particularly in certain neurodevelopmental conditions and the factors that influence them.  To that end we fund:

  • Research, as a main priority.

We also fund some non-research projects, including

  • Dissemination of research.

and to a lesser extent

  • Intervention projects.

For more information about our funding interests visit our ‘What we fund’ page.

Active Calls and Deadlines for Research Projects

All application deadlines are at midnight on a Sunday. We aim to make the final decision at our Trustees’ meeting around four months later. Please visit our research page to get a good feel for the type of research in which we are interested.




Trustees’ meeting /  Decision

Rolandic Epilepsy
Studies focusing on: 1) the co-occurrence of Rolandic Epilepsy with other neurodevelopmental disorders; or 2) interactions with sleep patterns; or 3) the profile of on-going deficits in adulthood would be particularly welcomed.

Sunday 29th  October, 2017

March, 2018

Studies will be particularly welcomed that: 1) consider the movement aspects of ADHD; or 2) attempt to move our understanding of ADHD away from correlational studies to those which allow direction of effects to be considered or 3) include EEG measures of brain activity.

Developmental Trauma
 Studies focusing on risk, resilience and/or protective factors for early psychological trauma related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (e.g. neglect) will be particularly welcomed.

Sunday 4th March, 2018

July, 2018

Sleep and/or Exercise
Studies will be particularly welcomed that consider the effect of sleep (or lack of it) and/or exercise on a range of child behavioural, psychological or neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Motor Impairments
We would be interested in any research proposal that considers impairment in the motor domain across any child neurodevelopmental disorder.  In relation to Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) specifically, we would particularly welcome proposals that: 1) use neurological studies to understand brain development in DCD and its overlap with other disorders; or 2) will lead to strong practical interventions.

Sunday 1st July, 2018

November, 2018

Diet and/or Microbiome
Studies will be particularly welcomed that consider the effect of diet and/or the microbiome on a range of child behavioural, psychological or neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Please note there are no strict deadlines for Practical or dissemination projects: applications will be accepted throughout the year. If you are interested in applying to these calls please visit our applications guidelines page for more information.