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General information grant- application process

Funds can be available for research into all aspects of encephalitis, and particular areas of importance and priority are advised by the Encephalitis Society Scientific Advisory Panel and outlined in the Encephalitis Society Research Strategy.

Funding opportunities are advertised on the Encephalitis Society website, social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), appropriate journals/academic institutions/ organisations and through the mailing out to the Society’s Professional Members.

The Encephalitis Society will fund

  • Fellowships (three years)
  • PhD students (three years)
  • Research projects (one to three years)
  • Seed funding (up to 18 months). 

We will fund salary costs, consumables and travel costs however we will not fund overheads of any affiliated institutions.

We will fund staff and students of academic institutions, in the UK and overseas. We will also fund research students at postgraduate level (i.e. MSc and PhD) who must have an undergraduate degree. We have no regional or institutional priorities, but if the research takes place outside UK it must meet UK standards of research ethics and scientific integrity. If the research involves using animals we only fund research conducted in the UK.

Selection Process

All applications are initially checked by the Society's staff members to ensure compliance with the application's specific criteria and checklist. 

Secondly, all applications for funding go through a strict peer review process which means  reviewed by the Society’s Scientific Advisory Committee and external peer reviewers with appropriate experience and expertise. Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee are selected from the Scientific Advisory Panel. Based on the score given to each application, the Scientific Advisory Committee makes recommendation to the Society's Senior Leadership Team. If the applications are for grants of less than £25,000 external peer review is not necessary. 

Criteria for reviewing the application:

  • Scientific validity, significance and originality.
  • Feasibility and value for money.
  • Relevance to the Encephalitis Society and its research priorities.
  • Context with other relevant research currently ongoing, or completed.
  • Supports the principle of the 3Rs to refine, reduce and replace the use of animals in research if applicable.
  • Done by researchers with relevant skills and facilities.

The Encephalitis Society may also commission a specific researcher or research group to investigate a topic of interest. These applications will also be peer reviewed and discussed by the Scientific Advisory Committee, who will advise the Trustees.

Encephalitis Society's research policies:

Further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected].