Subject Classification

All applicants are required to assign scientific subjects to their grant application, using the subject classification lists. Please note that these lists are not intended to be comprehensive; the subject classifications selected will be used to generate reports to show, for example, the funding demand in a particular area, such as ageing or Alzheimer’s disease. Please attempt to fit your work into the terms we have listed.

The applicant should choose those terms from the subject classification lists that are applicable to his/her application. This information should be recorded on the relevant page of the application form.

The six areas are as follows:


Systems and processes - one primary (compulsory) and up to three secondary (optional) terms should be chosen.

Disease or condition - one primary (compulsory) and up to three secondary (optional) terms should be chosen.

Other identifier - up to six subjects (optional) can be chosen.

Discipline - one primary (compulsory) and three secondary (optional) should be chosen.

Technique - up to three subjects (optional) can be chosen.

Basic/Clinical/Tropical/Veterinary - tick the relevant boxes.

You must ensure that you have assigned at least one subject from systems and processes, one subject from disease or condition and one subject from discipline.


Definition of terms

Clinical - that is research on patients or human subjects (but not necessarily investigations of normal human physiology) or research using material from patients for studies on the pathology or mechanisms of disease.

Basic - anything that is not clinical;. For example, studies on animal models of disease will normally be basic unless the correspondence with human disease is particularly close.

Veterinary - includes clinical and basic studies relevant to animals and includes research on animals of zoological interest, except where the animal is being used to answer questions of medical interest for more information.

Tropical - all clinical and basic research relevant to human or animal health in developing countries, including studies based primarily in the tropics and those in laboratories elsewhere. This classification is not restricted to the classical tropical diseases, but includes infectious and non-communicable diseases that are specific to tropical regions. It also includes studies of conditions that are common in non-tropical regions, but with manifestations that differ in the human or animal populations of developing countries.