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 2020 Research Awards

The BSF will now be welcoming applications for its major 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.

Research Award
Young Investigator Award
Fellowship Award
Studentship Award

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

• Overall value to patients with skin disease
• Scientific quality
• Value for money
• How much support the Principal Investigator has had from the BSF in the past
• For Studentships and Fellowships only: training environment

Please note: Applicants must accept that the Grants Advisory Committee has a conflict of interest policy. Applicants do not have the right to request inclusion or exclusion of particular GAC panel members from the deliberations on their applications.

No more than one application (either a Research Award, a Studentship, a Fellowship or a Young Investigator Award) can be submitted by a Principal Investigator per application round.

Applications will not be accepted from Principal Investigators who currently hold an active BSF Large Grant as PI. Applications will be penalised if the PI has been awarded a BSF Large Grant in the previous 5 years as PI, or if the PI is a co-applicant on a currently active BSF Large Grant. The decision of the BSF Grants Advisory Committee for all applications is final.

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

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