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Funding strategy

Each year, Brain Research Trust supports the Institute of Neurology (IoN) by funding equipment and research and by awarding grants for PhD studentships, totalling at least £1.5 million.

To ensure that only the best research projects receive funding from Brain Research Trust, all research is ‘peer-reviewed’ by our Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP).

The SAP comprises the vast experience and knowledge of a panel of neuroscientists: Professor James Fawcett (Chair), Professor Patrick Chinnery, Professor Oliver Hanemann, Professor John Jefferys, Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg and Professor Kevin Talbot.

Peer review, which is the process by which scientists evaluate the work of other scientists, is also a requirement Brain Research Trust must meet as part of our membership of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), a membership organisation of the leading UK health and medical charities.

Grant applications submitted to Brain Research Trust are reviewed by the SAP. Each project is evaluated and ranked in order of scientific merit by the Panel. Then, depending partly on the amount of funding available, the top ranked projects are selected to receive grants.

Brain Research Trust also consults with the SAP to assist with choosing three promising students for its annual Prize PhD Studentships. Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply. Their applications are assessed by the SAP, which chooses the best from a very talented pool of young scientists. These PhD students greatly complement the research efforts at the Institute.

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