British Skin Foundation Grants Update

In light of current circumstances, the British Skin Foundation has been forced to make changes to the scheduling of its 2020 grant giving. This will allow the Foundation the time to assess the requirements of all those involved in the grant process including Grants Advisory Committee members, investigators and research institutions.

We appreciate that grant applicants will have plans in place for the coming year but ask everyone concerned to understand that this new time frame will ensure that the British Skin Foundation is able to maintain the high standards of its grant giving and continue its key role in the future of UK dermatology research.

The following changes to the advertised schedule are now in place:

The BSF will now be welcoming applications for its Studentship Awards from Monday 26th October with a closing date of Friday 5th March 2021 (23.59pm GMT).

These awards will be made in early July at the 2021 British Association of Dermatologists annual conference.

A BSF Studentship is available to any U.K or R.O.I based research institution seeking to fund dermatological research at a PhD Student level

  • 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 BSF Studentship is a fixed amount of £85,000 (£28,333 per year for 3 years) No ‘top-ups’ or extensions are available for any reason
  • The maximum duration of the BSF Studentship is 3 years (although this may be extended by negotiation where there are issues around flexible working or career breaks/maternity leave)
  • The BSF Studentship 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 Studentship 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

Please note: the British Skin Foundation will no longer be able to provide feedback for unsuccessful grant applications.