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Travel & Research Grants

BAHNO Research Grant


Research grants are awarded by BAHNO annually to fund research that substantially contributes to the body of knowledge in head and neck or thyroid cancer, its management and its impact on patients.


Up to £6,000 per grant may be available annually.  The number of grants administered will depend upon financial resource available. 


The grants are open to BAHNO members only.  Those applying must be employed in the UK.

Where the applicant is a medical/surgical trainee, support from the trainers (or the supervisor and trainers) and the clinical director must be obtained.  Where the applicant is from an allied health profession and is early in their research career, support from a senior team member / Department Lead and where appropriate Therapies Lead should be obtained.

Any study funded will be expected to receive ethical and R and D approval in the Trust(s) where the research is to be conducted before any grant is given


A proposal and the CV to be submitted to BAHNO secretariat before 21st January annually.  Where matched / extended funding is needed to contribute to the project, successful applicants must demonstrate that they have secured the whole funding package before BAHNO funding is released. Recipients must acknowledge BAHNO support in all presentations and academic publications related to the project.

Decision notification date:

All submissions will be acknowledged and a result made within 3 months of the deadline.  Results will be formally announced at BAHNO Annual Meeting.

Previous awards:


Karl Payne (University of Birmingham) Genetic polymorphisms as predictive biomarkers of immune-related adverse events in head and neck cancer patients undergoing immune checkpoint therapy



Charleen Chan Wah Hak (The Institute of Cancer Research) to invstigate the dynamics of T-cell-driven immune responses to radiotherapy and immunotherapy in a HPV16 model of head and neck cancer.



Artysha Tailor ( Guy's Hospital) to compare PD-L1 CPS between primary and recurrent specimens following +/- adjuvant therapy.

Justin Roe, Paula Bradley, Paul Carding, John Hardman, Louise Occomore-Kent, Joanne Patterson to explore the views of ENT and GI Specialists on SLT-led clinics as a pathway for patients triaged as ‘low risk’ referred on the 2WW Head and Neck/ Upper GI cancer referral pathway.



Lucinda Gunn (The Royal Marsden Hospital) to complete a retrospective analysis of gustatory outcomes following bilateral versus unilateral radiotherapy to the head and neck.



Paula Bradley (University of Sunderland) to develop tools to predict the risk of diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

Karl Payne (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham) to investigate cell-free DNA methylation as a biomarker for HPV risk stratification in head and neck cancer



INTEGRATE (The National ENT Trainee Research Network) for the BAHNO Head & Neck Surveillance Audit 2018


BAHNO Travel Grants

BAHNO offers Travel Grants to help fund a visit for training experience for members of BAHNO.  Visits may be to an institution in the UK or abroad.  Each award is for a maximum of £2,000; the actual amount to be determined by Council.

Priority will be given to unpaid projects rather than to salaried Fellowships.

An application may be submitted at any time before 21st January.  The application will be acknowledged and considered by Council at its next meeting. The awards for the year will be announced at the BAHNO Annual Meeting. 

A condition of the award is that the recipient should produce a short written report of their visit for Council; a brief verbal report at the AGM ay also be required.


Please send the following to Laura Manning at the BAHNO Secretariat:

  • Outline of visit with intended purpose
  • CV
  • Confirmatory letter from institution(s) to be visited
  • Letter of support from Lead Trainer or Training Programme Director

Previous awards:


Takaaki Sato for a 12-month fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. This fellowship combines an MSc Programme in Reconstructive microsurgery at Chang Gung University.



David Allin (Advanced Head and Neck Fellow at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital) for a 12-month fellowship starting July 2022 in Advanced Head and Neck (H&N) Surgical Oncology at the Université de Montréal (UdeM), Canada.

Adal Mirza (Surgical Oncology Training Interface Fellow at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital) for a placement at the University of Dalhousie, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology program in Nova Scotia, Canada.



Karan Jolly (ENT trainee, Birmingham) to pursue a 12-month Fellowship in Vancouver in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery.



Jane Dawson (East Grinstead) to help towards expanding the work of SLTs in Ghana: teaching,  leading by example and working alongside Ghanaian SLT/ nursing staff in situ. This will also contribute towards the ICOnIC programme ( International Collaboration on improving head and neck cancer outcomes in low and low to middle income countries in the Global South).



Jason Fleming - Fellowship at The University of Alabama



John Collin – visiting the University of Florida

Oliver Dale – visiting the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia

Adam Shakir – visiting The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia