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Apply for a Grant

Before you apply, please read The Encephalitis Society Research Strategy which gives information about the Society’s research priorities, types of grants in offer and eligibility criteria. Further information can be obtained by emailing research@encephalitis.info.

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)
  • Pilot funding (up to 12 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 for funding go through a strict peer review process which means assessed by external peer reviewers with appropriate experience and expertise and reviewed by the Society’s Scientific Advisory Panel. Based on the score given to each application, the Scientific Advisory Panel makes recommendation to the Trustees regarding funding decisions. 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 reseach 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 Panel, who will advise the Trustees.

Current Grants

The Encephalitis Society is thrilled to announce that applications for 2016 PhD Fellowship entry are OPEN!

Please email research@encephalitis.info for more information or become a Professional Member of the Society and you will be alerted as soon as new grants are available.

The Encephalitis Society is the operating name of the Encephalitis Support Group which is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 4189027. Registered Office as above. Registered Charity No. 1087843.