Our approach to research

We are committed to working with individuals and organisations to deliver innovations in research and practice that can save vulnerable babies’ lives, improve their long-term quality of life and raise standards of care.

At Bliss, we welcome research projects which evaluate the impact their projects have on families and babies, and on the culture of a neonatal unit. We believe this is especially important to make sure that babies and families are able to support any new developments in neonatal care and that any new changes are sustainable.

Learn about the different ways we approach supporting and funding research.

Supporting research

Bliss works in collaboration with organisations to support neonatal research in different ways.

We can support a research project by:

  • Being a co-applicant in the project
  • Writing a letter of support for the project
  • Participating in the project’s steering group
  • Reviewing application materials and parent information leaflets
  • Helping communication around the project through the Bliss website and social media

For more details, download our research investigator guidelines on how we support research

We can also support research by finding parents to be involved in a project.

Through our network of parents we can find parents willing to:

  • Help design the project
  • Support an application
  • Participate on the steering group of the project
  • Be a co-applicant on the project (see guidance on public co-applicants in research, for parents and researchers)
  • Take part in the project

For more details, download our research investigator guidelines on parent involvement in research

If you would like Bliss to support your research project please complete and send us a copy of the Bliss' support in research request form to research@bliss.org.uk

Funding research

We want to make sure that the projects we fund are achievable, will contribute something new to improve the care and development of babies who are born premature or sick, and are run by a team which is able to carry out the work they have proposed.

In order to achieve this, we have worked with a panel of healthcare professionals, research experts, parents and with someone who was born premature, to identify our key priority areas.

Our research panel help us to make sure that the research projects we award funding to will address the key areas highlighted in our research strategy.

Our research panel

We have worked with an independent panel of parents, someone who was born premature and neonatal health professionals to identify areas and research questions that would benefit most from Bliss’ funding.
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Please note that we are not opening funding rounds for research projects in 2019.

Find out how the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD) can be used for research, audit or quality improvement by visiting the website or downloading this leaflet.