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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 the main source of information for our patient insight partners and, should your application be successful, will also be used by our communications and fundraising teams 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 application form. 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. We will request resubmission of any 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.

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