Grants policies and FAQs

Want to find out more about the grants we offer? Here are our common FAQs.

  • Am I eligible to apply for a grant?

If you work at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Newham University Hospital, Mile End Hospital, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, or City University, School of Health Sciences then you are eligible to apply for a grant from Barts Charity.

  • How many applicants/co applicants can I include on my application?

In addition to the main applicant, you can include a maximum of 3 co-applicants.

  • How many collaborators can I include on my application?

We do not have an upper limit on either internal or external collaborators.

  • Can I have a co-applicant from outside Barts Health, the SMD or City University?

Yes. The lead applicant needs to be a permanent employee at Barts Health, the SMD or City University, but co-applicants and collaborators can be internal or external to these organisations.

  • I am an individual seeking personal assistance. Can I apply for funding?

No. Our grant funding is restricted to project based applications with a wider remit. We are unable to fund applications for individuals.

  • Does Barts Charity fund animal research?

In some areas, research involving animals is essential to understand human health and develop new treatments. We do not take the decision to fund this research lightly and we use expert peer review to ensure that we fund only high-quality research where the use of animals is scientifically justified and there is no alternative.

We support the AMRC principles on the use of animals in research as outlined in this statement.

  • What is the Charity’s process for peer reviews?

We send applications out for peer review to ensure that the projects we fund are of the highest quality.

Peer reviewers offer an objective opinion on the proposed work. We exclude peer reviewers with a clear conflict of interest. For instance, experts who have trained with, worked with, published or presented work with the lead applicant, co-applicants or collaborators cannot peer review that application.

Large project grants which involve research are also reviewed by our Scientific Review Panel.

  • Is the peer review process confidential?

Our peer review process is completely confidential to support the free and frank exchange of views on the quality of the science as well as the project design and management.

  • Can I inform the Charity if there are people who would not be suitable to peer review my project?

Yes. Our application form includes a section where you can list potential reviewers who you feel would be conflicted.

  • Can I see my peer review comments?

Yes, If the reviewer agrees to share their comments, we are happy to forward an anonymised copy of your peer review.

  • Can I respond to points raised by my peer reviewers?

Yes. We contact applicants if and when a peer reviewer raises an important issue and we encourage applicants to respond constructively to peer reviewer comments. In our experience, positive engagement with peer review comments often helps to strengthen an application.

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