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 Young Investigator 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 Young Investigator 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 £90,000 (£45,000 per year) No ‘top-ups’ or extensions are available for any reason
  • The maximum duration of the BSF Young Investigator Award is 2 years (although this may be extended by negotiation where there are issues around flexible working or career breaks/maternity leave)
  • The Principal Investigator must be a Scientist or Clinical Academic no more than 10 years into their post-doctoral research career
  • The aim of the award is to support high quality research likely to lead to long term, large scale funding from a major medical research sponsor such as funding council or medical charity
  • The Principal Investigator must demonstrate that he/she is the driving force behind the project and has a significant publication track record in the area
  • The Principal Investigator must provide evidence of how the project may be able to drive a long term programme of research in the specific area
  • The Project award is able to cover salary, including that of the Young Investigator
  • The BSF Young Investigator 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 Young Investigator Award funding is claimed by authorised finance departments submitting invoices at quarterly intervals
  • A scientific and a lay report are to submitted both mid-term and upon completion
  •  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.