How we fund research

All research projects we fund have gone through a rigorous international peer review process to ensure that we are funding the best quality science that is relevant for people with muscle-wasting conditions.

The selection process

Scientists who would like to apply to us for a grant must complete both a scientific and a plain English application.

The scientific application

A detailed description of the project, its related costs, and any ethical considerations, such as the use of animals or human samples.

This goes to peer reviewers all over the world who are experts in the field of muscle-wasting conditions. They provide a detailed and objective critique of whether the project appears to be worthwhile, is achievable in the proposed time frame and contains any weaknesses in the experimental design.

The plain English application

Less detailed and written in a way that someone who is not an expert in the field can understand.

This application goes to our Lay Research Panel, most of whom are affected (either directly or indirectly) by a muscle-wasting condition. The Lay Research Panel includes a care advisor. A scientific advisor attends their meetings to answer any scientific questions.

This group does not judge the science behind the projects. Its job is to assess the relevance and importance of each project for people affected by muscle-wasting conditions.

Our Medical Research Committee

Both applications then go to our Medical Research Committee together with the scientific and lay feedback. This committee is made up of 10 – 12 experts in the field of muscle-wasting conditions (scientists and clinicians) and two members of the Lay Research Panel.

The committee meets once a year to discuss and score the applications. It makes a recommendation to the Board of Trustees about which projects should be funded.

For more information about the process, contact our research team.