What Type Of Research Do We Fund?

The Psoriasis Association has funded many projects in the last 50 years. These have ranged from genetic research through to psychological interventions to help people cope with the impact of psoriasis on everyday life.

In the most recent Psoriasis Association membership survey, members confirmed that they feel funding research to be a crucial part of our work, and we continue to raise funds for this purpose and remain committed to supporting innovative and informative research projects that will improve the lives of people living with psoriasis. Click here to read our Research Strategy 2017-2022.

What type of research grants do we award?

This year, we will have two different types of research grants available to scientists studying psoriasis: PhD Studentships, and a Small Grant. Once the Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) is complete, we will also be offering PSP Project Grants to fund researchers investigating the top 10 questions from the PSP.

PhD Studentships

These grants are awarded to research group leaders to fund a graduate student to undertake a three year PhD research project, which will culminate in the student being awarded a PhD. These grants not only progress psoriasis research but also develop the next generation of psoriasis researchers.

Small Grant

A small grant of up to £10,000 will also be available through the Psoriasis Association. This grant is from the Cecil King Memorial Foundation and is available for psoriasis research projects where the lead researcher is under 35 years of age.

PSP Project Grants

The Psoriasis Association is currently funding a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to find the top 10 most important psoriasis research questions, as decided by people affected by psoriasis. The PSP is due to be completed by autumn 2018.

Following this, grants will be available to fund projects that address these top priorities to ensure that research is being conducted in areas that have been deemed important by people with psoriasis, their friends and families, as well as their healthcare professionals.

How do we decide which research projects to fund? 

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

Scientists 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?'.

Having 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.

The 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 is developing an Experts by Experience Committee (EXEC), which will be made up of people who have psoriasis, or close family members, for example, parents of children with psoriasis.

This committee provide a reality check for the research grant applications. The members of the EXEC will be 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 are interested in being involved or would like to learn more about the EXEC, please get in touch.

In order to continue funding vital research into psoriasis we need to work in partnership with the research community as well as continuing the appeal for donations.

The Psoriasis Association is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), and therefore abides by their conditions of membership. All AMRC members support the AMRC position statement on the use of animals in research.

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