Information for Applicants

For guidance on how to make an application for funding from Alopecia UK, take a look at our Tips for writing an application for Alopecia UK funding.

Terms and Conditions

Before considering making an application, please read through our Terms and Conditions.  All applicants and the involved institutions should agree to accept and adhere to the grant conditions, including intellectual property and revenue-sharing elements, before making you application.

Peer Review Policy

We adhere to the Association of Medical Research Charities principles of peer review to ensure we fund research of the highest quality.

Applications are subject to both scientific and lay expert peer review and may be subject to an external assessment, depending on the size of the grant. Applications are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Relevance and novelty of the proposed project
  • Deliverability
  • Quality of the research design and methodology
  • Value for money

Applications, along with any external assessments are considered by our Research Committee, who make recommendations for funding to our Board of Trustees.

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

We are members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), which means we work to the principles of peer review that they have set out (as mentioned above). Having AMRC membership is seen as a hallmark of quality research funding and is important in helping us build our research activity in the future. Through our membership of the AMRC, grant holders may be eligible for extra support from the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF). The CRSF underpins charity investment in university research across England. The fund enables universities to leverage research funding from charities; it means researchers who receive charitable funding can recover the ‘indirect’ costs of research that charities do not pay. These costs include estates, shared IT and administration overheads.

As members of the AMRC we support the AMRC statement on the use of patient data in research and their actions to better develop and standardise processes. We support the principle of using animals in research when there is absolutely no alternative. All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this statement.

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support

Alopecia UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support. The network supports health and social care research taking place in both NHS and non-NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or in hospices, which will answer important questions for those patient populations. 

Read the full policy on Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support here.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local CRN team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study to fully benefit from the support the NIHR CRN offers as outlined in their Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit www.supportmystudy.nihr.ac.uk.

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application, please visit: www.hra.nhs.uk.

Involving patients and the public

Researchers can involve people living with or affected by alopecia throughout all stages of the research process. There is growing evidence that involving people with lived experience of a condition can improve the quality of research, for example by improving the experience for individuals participating in research.

Our Lay Research Panel

We work with a group of people with lived experience of alopecia who make up our Lay Research Panel. Members of the panel provide a unique resource to researchers who wish to involve people in their work. The panel includes patients, carers and family members. Our lay panel will be involved in this Grant Process by providing feedback on proposals. Additionally, outside of our Grant Process, members of our panel can help and become involved in your research in a number of different ways. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Reading plain English summaries from grant applications or research communications
  • Priority setting exercises
  • Participating in research project steering groups
  • Providing feedback on research grant proposals and clinical trial protocols
  • Reviewing research participant information
  • Co-designing research projects

How to request lay panel support

If you would like to contact our lay research panel with an involvement opportunity, please complete the application form for PPI support and return it to [email protected]. If you have any questions about the network or would like to know more about involvement in alopecia research, please contact us.

Useful Resources

Tips for writing an application for Alopecia UK funding

Sense About Science have put together guidance to help with communicating your work to patients and the public.

The INVOLVE website also has lots of resources and guides to involving patients and the public in different kinds of research.