The ERAB e-Newsletter – Issue 24
2016 Grants Awarded
ERAB is pleased to announce the funding of six new grants starting next year and would like to congratulate the successful researchers.
ERAB received a record 71 applications this year. They were again of outstandingly high quality and deciding which to fund was, as always, really difficult. A panel of external reviewers completed review forms for the applications. This helped the Advisory Board to identify the best applications with regard to the clarity of the hypothesis, the merit of the science, the calibre of the team and the appropriateness of the budget. ERAB would like to thank the external reviewers for this valuable assistance.
Having again particularly encouraged applications for research on lifestyle and drinking patterns we were pleased to receive some excellent applications in that area.
The following six projects have been awarded ERAB funding starting in January 2017.
Full details of all the grants funded by ERAB are on the website.
New application proceedure starting in 2017
ERAB receives a growing number of applications each year. Many of them are of excellent quality and worthy of funding but this year the percentage of applications which could be funded has dropped below 10%. Given the large amount of work involved in making a full application and the additional work and goodwill of many eminent scientists undertaking the peer-reviews the Advisory Board has decided to move to an outline, or pre-proposal system for applications starting in 2017.
The Advisory Board believes that adopting a pre-proposal system will reduce the burden for applicants and will ensure that only those with a realistic chance of success are asked to complete a full application.
The pre-proposals will be evaluated by the Advisory Board. A limited number of them will be selected and those applicants invited to submit a full proposal, which will be externally reviewed in the usual way.
The call for applications will be launched in early January asking for pre-proposals to be submitted by late February. Once notified successful pre-applicants will have six weeks to complete the full application.
The pre-proposal form can be viewed on the ERAB website.