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.

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. As Bliss is a charity which relies on voluntary donations to fund our work, we can only support research where funding is made available for Bliss.

We can support a research project by:

  • Reviewing parent/patient information leaflets
  • Supporting parent advisory/patient and public involvement groups
  • Participating in the project’s steering group
  • Helping communication around the project through the Bliss website and social media, including dissemination of results

Due to the number of research projects that we are currently supporting, and limited resources within the charity, we are not currently able to review application materials, write letters of support for projects, or be a co-applicant on projects. We expect to be able to provide this support again in due course.

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We can also support research by finding people with lived experience to be involved in a project.

We are able to post opportunities to our Insight and Involvement group, made up of parents and relatives of babies born premature or sick and ex-neonatal patients. We can contact this group directly and post opportunities on the Insight and Involvement Facebook group.

Members of the group may be able help researchers in a number of ways, for example:

  • Helping to design and shape a research project so that it is family-friendly and reflects their experience
  • Participating in the research through sharing insight based on their own lived experience.
  • Helping make sure research summaries and parent information sheets are easy for parents to understand

If you would like us to consider posting an opportunity to this group, please contact research@bliss.org.uk

Use our Public Involvement Role Description Template to inform members of the public about involvement opportunities.

Contact Us

For more information, please send your query to research@bliss.org.uk

If you are interested in posting on our social media pages, or to the Insight and Involvement Group, please complete our Social Media Request Form.

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 accepting applications for funding in 2020.

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.