How grants are approved
BRACE will fund a research project only after the proposal has been subjected to a rigorous review 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 triage 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 be located abroad as well as in the UK. Applicants are asked to nominate five reviewers, and the SAC will consider these nominees as well as experts that it has identified. 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 Bridget Lumb (Chair) – Professor of Systems Neuroscience at the University of Bristol
- Dr Mark Norman - General Practitioner in South Gloucestershire
- Professor Kei Cho - Professor of Neuroscience, King's College, London
- Professor Myra Conway – Professor in Biomedical Science, University of the West of England
- Dr Claudia Metzler-Baddeley – Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Cardiff University
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.
BRACE is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)
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