Applications for the 2020 British Skin Foundation Small Grant Awards are now open.

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 closing date for Small grant applications is now Friday 29th May 2020 (23:59pm GMT).

Small grants will be awarded Thursday 24th September.

Please note that applications made after this time will not be accepted. For all general enquiries regarding BSF grants, please contact [email protected]


 A British Skin Foundation (BSF) Small Grant is available to anybody wishing to carry out U.K or R.O.I based research into skin disease.

  • Only one project to be submitted per person per grant round.
  • The project should be a small or pilot project.
  • The maximum amount of funds available for each award is £10,000.
  • Not more than 50% of the small grant to be used on buying equipment.
  • If part of another project, the small grant is to make-up at least 30% of the total funding.
  • Assessment of the grants will take into account requests which are of a more immediate clinical relevance.
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate the value of the project to dermatology.
  • No ‘top-ups’ or extensions are available for any reason.
  • The maximum duration of the award is 1 year (although this may be extended by negotiation where there are issues around flexible working or career breaks/maternity leave).
  • Successful awards must be activated within 12 months.
  • Awards are claimed by authorised finance departments submitting a single invoice for the full amount.
  • A scientific and a simple lay report to be submitted 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.

As part of the award process the BSF Small Grants Advisory Committee use the following criteria when reviewing applications:

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

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

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


To resume a Small Grant application form already in progress, click here to return.

To begin a new Small Grant application, click here.

BSF Small Grant Application Guidelines