Dr Mark Kilsby Research Fund

Dr Mark Kilsby Research Fund

A picture of Dr Mark KilsbyBASE has established a research fund to honour Dr Mark KIlby's huge contribution to the Supported Employment sector. Mark was a passionate supporter of disability rights and Supported Employment. An internationally respected researcher, Mark was a Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University and was involved in the research and development of Supported Employment since 1990. He authored many reports covering a range of topics including self-determination, alternative day services, the cost/benefit of Supported Employment and transitions from education. 

Mark was a pioneering trainer in Training in Systematic Instruction (TSI) and delivered hundreds of TSI courses dating back to 1991. He was also involved in the development and teaching of a Post Graduate Diploma, as well as an online NVQ level 3 Diploma and Certificate in Supported Employment.

Mark passed away following a sudden illness in 2020 and his expertise and enthusiasm is sorely missed. 


The Fund

The fund starts with £100,000 from our reserves and we aim to top it up when possible. We will award grant funding as resources allow. Our priorities for the Dr Mark Kilsby Research Fund are to fund pieces of research that help to:

  • Improve the employment rates of disabled people
  • Maximise the sustainability of job outcomes
  • Improve the quality and capability of supported employment services
  • Increase the capacity and capability of employers to recruit a diverse workforce
  • Demonstrate the value and cost/benefit of supported employment

Organisations may apply for funding up to £15,000 to fund a specific piece of research. We encourage organisations to seek additional funds from other sources where this would allow for a larger scale project with added value. We may, exceptionally, accept applications for larger amounts for research projects where there are additional sources of funding. All funding is subject to funds being available.

The Dr Mark Kilsby Research Fund is open to applications from member and non-member organisations wishing to conduct research that will benefit the Supported Employment sector.

Applicant organisations must have a legal status and have adequate systems in place for managing project activity and expenditure. The research project must meet our stated priorities.