BAS Aphasia Seed Funding

BAS Initiatives in Aphasia Seed Fund (IASF)

The British Aphasiology Society would like to fund Initiatives in Aphasia – UK based activities that involve and benefit people with aphasia and their family members/carers. Some examples might be: support for events, new initiatives in aphasia, focus groups, or pilot research. This list is not intended to be prescriptive. Such activities may be led by or organised with the involvement of people with aphasia, and will meet one or more of the following aims:

1. to promote knowledge of aphasia
2. to promote knowledge of aphasia treatment, and make its evidence base accessible
3. to promote and draw upon the expertise of people with aphasia
4. to share, discuss and collaborate on research with people with aphasia and their family members/carers

See details of previously funded IASF projects (and then check your downloads folder), there's also a short video you can watch that demonstrates how it was used here.

Seed funding of up to £1000 is available per application, and can be used to supplement other research/knowledge exchange funding that the applicants have already secured.

The BAS Initiatives in Aphasia Seed Fund officer and at least one other committee member will review each application and present their views on eligibility for funding to the Committee for a final decision.

Funding must be spent within 12 months of the project start date, at which point any unspent funds are to be returned. Funds will be provided to successful applicants in the form of a cheque at the start of the project.

This scheme does not fund the purchase of resources for individual people with aphasia.

The BAS Committee reserves the right to decide how many awards it will make in any one year.

Please click on one of the following links (and then check your downloads folder) for:

1. Application guidance
2. Applicant form
3. CV template for the lead applicant

Link to Application Form page (under construction, not yet accessible)

The deadline for applications for the (2020) Seed Fund (IASF) has now closed and applicants for this round of funding will be informed of the outcome in Early February 2021.


Recipients of the BAS Aphasia Seed Funds 2020

Despite the pandemic, the BAS committee received five high quality applications for this year’s seed fund, which all met our criteria of activities that involve and benefit people with aphasia and their family members and carers.  So, in an unprecedented year, the committee made an unprecedented decision and awarded seed funding to all applications. This was possible due to a reduction in other costs for this financial year, mainly conference travel funding for members, since many events were cancelled, and committee travel costs, as all committee meetings were moved online. It was fantastic to be able to support a range of innovative and creative projects during such challenging times for clinicians and people with aphasia.

Awards were made to:
  • Suzanne Beeke and colleagues for ‘The art of conversation with aphasia’.
    This project will produce a film to showcase existing work on supported conversation interventions.
  • Jayne Lindsay and colleagues for ‘In the picture or behind glass? Describing facilitators, barriers and practices in people with aphasia accessing and participating in museums and art galleries.’
This application funds a series of PPI activities towards the design of a larger study exploring the experiences of people with aphasia accessing museums and art galleries. The team will conduct online interviews and arrange a visit to a museum or gallery to identify barriers for people with aphasia when visiting.
  • Emma Richards for ‘Stars, A film about art and aphasia’.
The lead applicant will support a person with aphasia to make an awareness raising film about how art helped with her recovery.
  • Anna Caute and colleagues for ‘iCafè interview project: Student-delivered online social support groups for people with aphasia and/or dysarthria- a qualitative investigation of members’ and providers’ experiences’
Funding will pay for transcription costs to support evaluation of student-led online social groups for people with aphasia and dysarthria during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Marian Brady for ‘Supporting networking with an SLT from Ghana’. This funding will support communication and networking between an aphasia specialist SLT from Ghana and clinicians in the UK.

BAS is committed to continuing to support initiatives in aphasia and to ensuring equality of access to seed funding. We are currently working on plans to streamline the application process for the seed fund and to support applicants with no or limited experience of funding applications to access mentorship and support.

For further information, contact

Fiona Menger
BAS Seed Fund Officer