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Grant selection process

Selection processThe BLF operates a 'response mode' grant funding scheme where scientists put forward their own ideas for research projects within the BLF's remit. Research grants are awarded by the BLF's Scientific Committee via a peer review process. The Committee is currently composed of:

To read a 'Declaration of Interest' for each member, click on their name above.

Members give up their time voluntarily to assess the grant applications we receive and make decisions on which ones should be funded. Committee members must declare any conflict of interest and are excluded from the evaluation process of relevant applications accordingly. In addition, Committee members are not permitted to evaluate applications from their own University or research institution. During their three year term of office, members can only be awarded one BLF grant and can not take part in the review of their own application. The Chair cannot be awarded a grant during her/his term of office.

External peer review

Inititally, the Scientific Committee form a short-list of the best applications we receive. These are evaluated by an external peer review process that involves leading respiratory experts from the UK and worldwide. Our peer review systems have been awarded a 'Best Practice in Medical and Health Research Peer Review' certificate by the Association of Medical Research Charities.

AMRC Peer Review

Lay evaluation

The ‘lay sections' of full grant applications are also evaluated by Scientific Committee lay members and a selection of non-scientists from the British Lung Foundation's Board of Trustees. Their job is to assess how well the applicant can communicate about the importance of their proposed study for people living with lung disease. This also allows us to evaluate the applicant's ability to explain their ideas to a non-scientist, helping us to fund scientists who are able to communicate about their research to all of our supporters.

If you need any more information please the Research Manager.