Researchers

Information can be found here on current research opportunities. Below are the details on how to apply for a grant.

How to Apply for a PCD Research Grant

PCD Research is committed to improving outcomes for people with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) and believe the best way to do this is to fund high impact and collaborative research. We will consider supporting all stages of research from laboratory projects, translational research, pilot projects to clinical trials. We will consider research that promotes understanding of the cause, cure and care of PCD.

We place importance on maximising the impact of research for the advancement of understanding and curing PCD by:

  1. Nurturing the careers of early-stage research staff with an interest in PCD research
  2. Working with research teams to develop their research ideas through a pilot grant scheme
  3. Supporting proposals that are likely to win support from larger funding bodies
  4. Encouraging collaboration between research groups
  5. Encouraging interdisciplinary teamwork and partnership
  6. Facilitating access to primary tissue and clinical data

Epidemiology and quality of life-based projects will not be considered.


Application Deadlines

All grants will be advertised on the PCD Research website. Please submit your application before the deadline as any submission received after the published deadline will not be processed.


Grant Application Process

Proposals should clearly describe background evidence to support the project, including figures, data and publications. Planned experiments should be described in clear work packages, detailing how these experiments will answer the hypotheses posed. It is important that proposals demonstrate how the research may lead to patient benefit. Grant application is by submission of the PCD Research Grant Application.

Each research application requires completion and submission of the following documents:


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for PCD Research funding, the following criteria must be met:

1. Applicants and grant holders

Sole applicants or applicant supervisors must have:

  1. International standing as a research leader in the field
  2. Experience of leading innovative and creative research
  3. Track record of managing and training others

We will review sole applicant or lead applicant’s:

  1. research outputs and contributions to the research community
  2. previous contributions to, and plans for, developing team members and other researchers
  3. leadership and management skills, and how the applicant (s) plan to develop these during the award
  4. rationale for a team approach, team composition (including the applicant’s approach to diversity, inclusion and career stage) and the contribution of each team member.

2. Research Proposal

To be competitive, the research proposal will be:

  1. High quality. It is well-designed, clear, supported by evidence and the proposed outcomes/outputs are feasible.
  2. Bold. It aims to deliver a significant shift in understanding and/or it provides a significant advance over existing methodologies, conceptual frameworks, tools or techniques. It has the potential to stimulate new and innovative research.
  3. Creative. The proposed approach is novel. It develops and tests new concepts, methods or technologies, or combines existing ideas and approaches in a new way.

3. Institution

All applicants must have sponsorship from one of the following types of institution:

  1. higher education institution
  2. research institute
  3. non-academic healthcare organisation
  4. not-for-profit organisation

PCD Research does not fund:

  • activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China
  • applicants that are applying for, hold, or employed on a research grant from the tobacco industry.

For full details please download the PCD Research Funding Policy:


Animal Research Policy

PCD Research recognises that in order to further research in PCD, we must invest in a variety of research including cell and tissue experiments, developing computer models and, when absolutely necessary, animal research.

We do not take the decision to fund animal research lightly. We only fund high quality research using animals provided that all local and national regulations are adhered to, excellent health and welfare standards are maintained, and the study addresses the ‘3Rs’:

  • Reduce: minimise the number of animals used
  • Refine: improve animal welfare by modifying or developing techniques
  • Replace: avoid or replace animals in research

As members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) we support their position on animal research.

For full details of our policy, please download the PCD Research Animal Research Policy.


Download PCR Research’s Policy Documents

In the interests of transparency, our policy documents are shared below: