Fifty-six recipients of research funding named by Big Lottery Fund

Action on Smoking and Health Scotland, Catch22 and Solace Women's Aid among big winners in second round of programme

The Big Lottery Fund has announced the 56 organisations that will receive a share of £20m in grant funding to support research projects.

The cash comes from the BLF's research programme, set up to fund medical and social research initiatives in the UK.

The biggest winners included Action on Smoking and Health Scotland, crime reduction charity Catch22 and Solace Women's Aid, which each received about £500,000 for individual projects.

It is the second round of the programme, which saw 24 grants worth £7.7m handed out in October 2008.

The BLF announced the first three grants under this round of the programme last week.

Sir Clive Booth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "Today's projects are spearheading vital research work that will develop better services for a wide range of beneficiaries. This will ultimately lead to brighter futures for many vulnerable people across the UK."

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