In our research strategy, we set out the three main criteria for grant selection: scientific merit as judged against our research strategy; collaboration with others; and intellectual innovation and when appropriate, the formulation of a path to translation. All three were implemented in the selection process during our 2019 grant call.
Patient relevance was also included. Our patient panel reviewed lay summaries of the applications and provided comments. One senior researcher said he had never received patient comments before, and he appreciated the opportunity and the perspective it gave him.
We are committed to ethically conducted research, a robust but rapid process of scientific peer review and an open access philosophy. Our grant call was fully AMRC compliant and you can see what the scientists who went through the process thought of it – and of us – in this short video below.