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Grant for research in polymyalgia rheumatica

Posted on 22 May 2021

PMRGCAuk is delighted to announce that, following a generous donation from one of our members, we are in a position to make a grant for research in polymyalgia rheumatica.

We invited applications from clinicians and/or scientists for a project grant of up to £50,000 total to address one or more of the research priorities identified by people with polymyalgia rheumatica – pain; stiffness and fatigue; diagnosis; steroid management and self- management as discussed in Morton et al – Clin Rheumatol 2019: 38(6); 1767-1772

Applicants should be affiliated to a UK University and/or NHS hospital.

There will be a two-stage application process:

Stage 1 Preliminary application. Applicants submitted a single page of A4 (minimum font size 11), identifying the research question to be answered; methods to be used; how the success of the project will be determined; how results of the research might be applied; previous research history of the applicant(s); and budgetary outline.

A shortlist of applicants will be made from whom a Stage 2 application will be requested, to be judged by a peer-review process. At this stage, applicants will be asked to include a 5-page research proposal, including a lay summary, a detailed budget, evidence of institutional support, and justification for the research in respect of priorities for public health, the NHS, and/or social care.

The preliminary applications deadline has now passed, and the shortlist for the second round of the application process will be chosen by a selection panel comprising clinicians, scientists and lay representatives. The shortlist will be announced in mid-September and all applicants will be contacted.