The Waterloo Foundation


Home page About Us Grant Programmes ApplicationsContact Us


What we fund Examples of organisations supported Publications and web links Where else can we get funding? Application guidelines

Child development



The Waterloo Foundation is delighted to announce the re-opening of our Child Development Fund. We would like to thank you for your continued interest in our fund and your patience during this changeover period.

We are currently inviting applications for research funding into Developmental Trauma or factors under parental influence: Diet or the Microbiome (deadline  Sunday 2nd July, 2017) and look forward to supporting projects that complement our research interests in these areas.



TWF is interested in the psychological and behavioural development of our children, and particularly in certain neurodevelopmental conditions and the factors that influence them.  To that end we fund:

  • Research, as a main priority.

We also fund some non-research projects, including

  • Dissemination of research.

and to a lesser extent

  • Intervention projects.

For more information about our funding interests visit our ‘What we fund’ page.


Active Calls and Deadlines for Research Projects

All application deadlines are at midnight on a Sunday. We aim to make the final decision at our Trustees’ meeting around four months later.




Trustees’ meeting /  Decision

Rolandic Epilepsy
(Studies updating UK figures on prevalence, age, and sex distribution would be particularly welcomed this year, though we anticipate funding co-occurrence as well.)

Sunday 30th  October, 2016

March, 2017

ADHD; primary impairment in
the attention domain

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD); primary impairment in the motor domain

Sunday 5th March, 2017

July, 2017

Factors under parents’ influence; specifically related to sleep and exercise

Developmental Trauma; primary impairment in the social domain

Sunday 2nd July, 2017

November, 2017

Factors under parents’ influence; specifically related to diet and the microbiome


Please note there are no strict deadlines for Practical or dissemination projects: applications will be accepted throughout the year.