The Psoriasis Association does not award funding to every grant application that we receive. Instead, we use a peer review system to identify the best research projects that meet our objectives.
Our current peer reviewers
looking for research funding from the Psoriasis Association are required to
fill out a detailed application form. The applications are then assessed by our
Medical and Research Committee, in addition to external expert reviewers. The
committee and panel of external reviewers are made up of experts
from different areas of psoriasis research – from genetics to healthcare
practises. They assess and score the suitability of each application by thinking about questions such as, 'Will the project progress psoriasis research?', 'Is the project a good use of the funding?', or 'Is the project scientifically sound?'.
this process of peer review, where experts in the same field assess the applications, means that only the highest
quality projects will be recommended for funding. The committee and external
reviewers will be able to judge the benefits each project could have to the
progress of psoriasis research, or see whether a project is a dead end. They
will also know whether the work has been done by another group and be able to comment on whether the amount of funding requested is
reasonable or not.
comments from all the experts are then reviewed by the Medical and Research
committee before they give their recommendations on which projects to fund to
the Psoriasis Association trustees.
There is a Conflicts of Interest policy in place to ensure that funding
recommendations are made without bias.
In addition to this, the Psoriasis Association has
developed an Experts by Experience Committee (EXEC), which is made up of
people who have psoriasis, or close family members, for example, parents of children
committee provides a reality check for the research grant applications. The
members of the EXEC are invited to read, comment on and prioritise the
applications by thinking abour questions such as, ‘Will people with psoriasis take
part in this research?’, ‘Is this research relevant to me?’, ‘Will this
research make a difference to me?’
If you would
like to learn more about the EXEC, please get in touch.