Research application process
We hold a formal award round every two years, where we go through a rigorous decision-making process. 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.
During award rounds, we ask potential applicants to complete and return the following documents:
- Application form (please contact our research team to receive this form)
- Full proposal/protocol for the study
- Biography for each person who will work on the project
- Relevant ethical or other regulatory approval letters
- A use of animals in research form (if applicable, please contact our research team to receive this form)
Upon receipt of an application and all required documentation, the TSA will review the funding request to check its eligibility and to ensure that the research matches our own research strategy.
The applications are then sent to carefully selected external and internal peer reviewers. Peer review is the only way to ensure the very best research is selected for funding and that it is not duplicated by research elsewhere. Our supporters can be confident that the money they raise in good faith is spent in the most effective way, with the best chance of success to improve diagnosis and treatments of TSC.
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) (read more about RESCOM here).
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. Applicants are given suitable time 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 and our Board of Trustees.
We remind all applicants to work with their finance offices, clinical trials units, local NHS trusts and the local NIHR Clinical Research Network (LCRN) to ensure that all the costs of research have been identified and are appropriately funded.