We hold a formal award round every two years, where we go through a rigorous decision-making process.
The application process, strategic context and terms and conditions of the award are available on our Research opportunities page here. Applicants are asked to submit the relevant documentation by email by a specified deadline.
The applications we receive are triaged internally by our research team. They check the eligibility of the applications to ensure they are in line with our research strategy, which can be read here.
External peer reviews are carried out by national and international experts, who provide written comments and score the application.
Internal peer reviews are carried out by members of our research committee (RESCOM) who also provide written comments on the application, ahead of their meeting later in the year. There is more information about RESCOM here.
It’s important that none of the external or internal peer reviewers have a conflict of interest.
Both groups of peer reviewers prepare questions for the applicants, which are collated by our research team and sent anonymously to the applicants. This is known as a rebuttal.
The applicants are given a few weeks to respond to the rebuttal.
RESCOM members then meet to discuss the applications, the written peer review comments and each applicant’s response to their rebuttal. Members then score each application and rank them. The Chair of RESCOM then makes a recommendation to our financial committee (FINCOM) and our Board of Trustees.
This process ensures we fund the most appropriate and worthwhile projects, in line with our research strategy and in the best interest of individuals living with TSC and their families.