We are not able to give one to one feedback on decisions.
The commonest reason is simply that an applicant has not followed the instructions. Did you include a copy of the abstract as required or merely the conference acceptance email? Was the letter of support from the Head of Department or Director as required, or a junior faculty member? Did you enter a travel date that is after the meeting, to circumvent the 9-week rule?
The next commonest reason is that the topic of your presentation lies outside the scope of brain. E.g. although skeletal muscle is very much part of the nervous system, a very good case would need to be made for cardiac myopathy research to be support by Brain! We do not support the presentation of audit, or other non-research activities.
Some applicants do not meet essential criteria, for example, junior ACFs (before ST3), MSc students, research nurses and undergraduates.
And remember, the awards are competitive with over 700 applications per year, and our funds are limited.
The registration page rejects my registration request.
Decisions are made in the order of the meeting date, not the order of submission date. We aim to let you know at least six weeks ahead of the meeting date.