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Demand for research funds prompts an extra £4.5m from BIG - 14 July 2009

The Big Lottery Fund has put an extra £4.5m into funding research projects this year making £29.5m available, after 450 charities applied for just 50 grants in 2008.

The total funding now available is £29.5m, meaning 80 social, medical and socio-medical projects across the UK will receive grants in 2009.Chair of BIG Sir Clive Booth said that the research programme was one of the grantmaker’s most popular funding streams.

"We can't fund every application and we have to make some very difficult decisions, but the extra £4.5m will definitely boost the number of high-quality research projects that we can fund," he said.

The boost to research funding comes just three weeks after BIG released its new strategic framework, which committed the funder to distributing an additional £43m worth of recession-specific grants.

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