Wellcome and MRC recently announced that they allow researchers to cite preprints in grant applications. For more information see:
• Wellcome: “As of January 2017, we will permit researchers to cite preprints, or pre-peer reviewed manuscripts, in their grant applications and end-of-grant review reports.“
• MRC: “…we are allowing researchers to cite preprints in their grant and fellowship applications. This will come into effect with applications received after 1 April 2017.
A preprint is a complete scientific manuscript (often one also being submitted to a peer-reviewed journal) that is uploaded by the authors to a preprint repository or service (eg. bioRxiv, PeerJ Preprints, arXiv, SocArXiv or PsyArXiv), without formal review.“