Decisions on funding applications submitted to Medical Research Scotland are made following independent expert peer review and review by members of the Trust’s Scientific Committee or PhD Panel (as applicable to the award) and then, following consideration and discussion in committee, by all the Trustees. The number of awards made at any time is at the discretion of the Trustees, in light of the outcome of peer review and committee recommendations and mindful of the available funds.

The numbers of funding applications received and awards made during the past five financial years are shown in the table below.

Funding Application Success Rates
Financial year Applications Awards made* Success rate
2016-17 165 88 53%
2015-16 96 66 69%
2014-15 68 45 66%
2013-14 50 36 72%
2012-13 72 51 71%
2011-12 65 32 49%
2010-11 60 27 45%
2009-10 50 19 38%
2008-09 49 7 14%

*NOTE: In 2008-09, the only awards available were Project Grants.
In both 2009-10 & 2010-11, up to 20 Vacation Scholarships were also made available each year.
In 2011-12, up to 10 PhD Studentships and up to 20 Vacation Scholarships were available and the last of the Project Grants were awarded in August 2011.
In 2012-13, up to 10 PhD Studentships were available, and a generous, earmarked donation enabled the award of 45 Vacation Scholarships.
In 2013-14, up to 10 PhD Studentships and up to 50 Vacation Scholarships were available.
In 2014-15, up to 15 PhD Studentships and up to 50 Vacation Scholarships were available.
From 2015-16 up to 15 PhD Studentships and up to 100 Vacation Scholarships were available.