The grants review process
Alzheimer’s Research UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and follows their guidelines for best practice in peer review. Grants are awarded on scientific merit in relation to Alzheimer's Research UK’s remit and on the basis of open competition.
The quality of the application and applicants are the key determinants of outcome, although the strength of the dementia research environment within the institution is also considered.
Grants are reviewed within distinct advisory groups, depending on the grant scheme applied to and the expertise required to review them. It is therefore important that applications are submitted to the most appropriate grant scheme. Please refer to the grant schemes page for more information on the review process.
The advisory groups are provided with comments from a range of external dementia experts who kindly volunteer their time to conduct detailed and valuable reviews of grant applications in their area of expertise. A list of the peer reviewers that have helped us in the last three years can be found here. Our conflict of interest policy can be found here.
Applications for research studies that involve people require lay review. Applicants are requested to complete a lay summary of their application which is sent to lay review volunteers for comments. The comments made by lay reviewers are made available to the reviewing board members.