Baby in hospital having its head circumference measured by nurse in gloves

Research has the potential to save lives and to improve the quality of life for premature and sick babies for generations to come.

Bliss is currently supporting £8.1 million of research which is responsible for significant improvements in the care and treatment of babies born premature or sick.

Our aim is to make the biggest difference to the lives of babies by carefully identifying and funding research projects and collaborating with others to support large-scale projects.

We believe having parents involved in research projects, at the planning stages and throughout, is essential to ensure babies’ interests are always at the heart of neonatal research. Bliss works with academics and researchers to support parental involvement in research, and we make sure our information reflects the latest research and evidence.


Find out more about how we support research and learn more about the current projects we are supporting.
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Baby in incubator wearing eye mask and attached to feeding tubes and wires

Dr Colin Morgan, Consultant Neonatologist at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and lead researcher on the ground-breaking SCAMP study, funded by Bliss, says:

We had limited information about early nutrition before but this study gives us clear results and important information about managing nutrition in the critical period after a baby is born.

Dr Colin Morgan

This research should help improve the survival chances and life quality of future generations of premature babies.

Dr Colin Morgan

Over the next three years we will:

  • Fund research projects which will improve outcomes for babies, in line with our research funding framework, and will share their key findings widely to encourage the recommendations to be put into practice

  • Support UK-based neonatal research projects to ensure they include input from parents

  • Share research findings with neonatal health professionals through our Bliss Excellence Network to embed practical improvements in care.