Waterloo Foundation: Grants for Brain Research

OVERVIEW: The Waterloo Foundation funds organizations that research Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Rolandic Epilepsy.

IP TAKE: Waterloo prioritizes UK-based organizations. Those based outside of the UK must provide the name or names of a person or persons that the foundation can contact for references regarding their work.

PROFILE: Heather and David Stevens founded the U.K.-based Waterloo Foundation in 2007 with a gift of Admiral Insurance shares valued at £99 million at the time. The Stevens couple were part of a small group who launched Admiral in 1993. The foundation is “most interested in projects that help globally, with a particular focus on the disparity of opportunities, wealth and unsustainable use of the world’s natural resources.” Grantmaking programs include World Development, Environment, Child Development, and Wales.

Waterloo’s Child Development Program is “particularly interested in research related to neurodevelopmental disorders and their co-occurrence”--namely ADHD, Rolandic epilepsy, developmental trauma, and motor impairments. While the foundation predominately funds research, it also awards grants to scientists who disseminate research, as well as intervention projects.

Research funding grants typically range from £40,000 to £60,000. Grants for practical and dissemination work are generally limited to £10,000. For more information on the kinds of organizations Waterloo supports, grantseekers may review its Past Grantees.

Waterloo accepts applications by email; see the grant guidelines page for deadlines.


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