Lay case for support
We require applicants for all of our funding schemes to provide a lay case for support with their application. The lay case is reviewed by the
USER stakeholder committee, which is made up of informed members of the public and front-line healthcare professionals.
The lay case is also used by our publicity and fundraising arms to provide insight into the value of the research we support; this knowledge is passed on to the media and to the general public.
Lay case guidelines
The lay case must answer the specific questions set out in the
lay case guidance. Unless unavoidable we advise against the use of jargon and encourage detailed explanations.
However, there's no need to explain the generic importance or impact of the disease area you plan to investigate, or to summarise complex methodology.
The use of simple, non-scientific analogies to explain complex ideas is encouraged. Images and diagrams are also acceptable as an aid, not an alternative, to narrative explanation. Your lay case should be written at the level of a science feature in a broadsheet newspaper.
It's crucial that your lay case conveys relevant information in a form comprehensible to a lay readership. Arthritis Research UK will request resubmission of lay cases that fall short of this standard, and funding decisions may be delayed pending an adequate lay case.
We suggest that you test your lay case with an informed lay reader before submission.