BRACE will fund a research project only after the proposal has been subjected to a rigorous process.

The charity has its own Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), which works independently to assess each application on scientific merit alone. Final decisions about grants are taken by the Trustees, who will also consider the availability of funds.

As each application is received, it is subjected to an initial assessment by the SAC and, if it meets the basic criteria for consideration, will be circulated for peer review. The reviewers must be fully independent of the applicants, and may located abroad as well as in the UK. The SAC will normally require at least three reviews before it will discuss the proposal and make a recommendation to the Trustees.

The SAC currently has five members, two of whom are Trustees. They are:

Professor Stephen Lisney (Chairman) – Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol
Dr Richard Hardie – retired neurologist, North Bristol NHS Trust
Professor Myra Conway – Professor in Biomedical Science, University of the West of England
Professor Seth Love – Professor of Neuropathology, University of Bristol
Dr Claudia Metzler-Baddeley – Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Cardiff University

Professor Conway and Dr Metzler-Baddeley are the newest members, having joined the SAC in September 2016.

All members of the SAC will be consulted about every application unless they have a conflict of interest. Non-trustee members of the SAC are eligible to apply for grants but will be excluded from all stages of the approval process of their own application.

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