The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is welcoming grant applications for projects investigating the affects of carbon monoxide (CO) in a number of areas, including emissions from solid fuels.

This new round of funding follows the achievement of a £1.5 million grant milestone, having funded a variety of programmes and projects relating to gas safety and CO since 2013.

The Trust, set up in 2005, has refocused its strategy on funding several strands of CO related research, to provide the underpinning empirical evidence that supports improved awareness and understanding of the effects of CO.

Current research involves the Trust working with a range of medical and academic personnel from various sectors including Fire & Rescue services, Accident & Emergency services, coroners, and low income households.

Chris Bielby, chairman of the GST said: “The GST is pleased to have been able to support a number of important projects relating to gas safety and CO. We will continue to fund research looking at both lethal and sub-lethal CO exposure and ways to improve CO data collection and analysis, as we know that strong data will help successfully influence behaviour surrounding CO.”

Applications should be submitted by 31 March 2017, ready for the next funding period opening April 2017. Specific areas of focus include (though are not limited to):

  • The possible link between CO and neurological conditions

  • CO exposure risks to pregnant women and the foetus

  • CO in the leisure environment

  • CO emissions from solid fuels

The GST provides grants to a wide range of charities, voluntary groups, associations, gas related businesses, social housing associations, local authorities, statutory organisations, academic bodies and others.

Parties interested in applying for a GST grant, are encouraged to contact trust manager, Adrian McConnell via