Applications for the 2020 British Skin Foundation Research Awards are now closed.

Completed, eligible applications will be forwarded to the GAC and referees in April and awards will be made in early July at the 2021 British Association of Dermatologists Annual Conference. Applicants can expect to be notified by the beginning of August.

For all general enquiries regarding BSF grants, please contact [email protected]


A BSF Research Award is available to anybody wishing to carry out U.K or R.O.I based research into skin disease. 

  • No more than one application can be submitted by a Principal Investigator per application round.
  • Applications will not be accepted from a PI who currently holds a Large Grant as a PI
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate the value of the project to dermatology
  •  The maximum amount of funds available is £81,000 (£40,500 per year) No ‘top-ups’ or extensions are available for any reason
  • The maximum duration of the BSF Research Award is 2 years (although this may be extended by negotiation where there are issues around flexible working or career breaks/maternity leave)
  • The BSF Research Award must be activated within 12 months of the award letter
  • Successful applicants will provide the BSF office with a researcher ‘ORCHID ID’ upon activation of the grant
  • The BSF Research Award funding is claimed by authorised finance departments submitting invoices at quarterly intervals
  • A scientific and a lay report are to be submitted both mid-term and upon completion. Closing invoices will only be paid upon receipt of final reports
  • The British Skin Foundation’s support to be mentioned in any relevant papers or presentations and copies to be forwarded to the BSF office

As part of the award process the BSF's Grants Advisory Committee use the following criteria when reviewing Research Award applications:

  • Value to patients with skin disease
  • Scientific quality
  • Value for money

The decision of the BSF Grants Advisory Committee for all applications is final.

Please note: The British Skin Foundation is no longer be able to provide feedback for unsuccessful grant applications


BSF Research Award Guidelines