MRC – Deadline: 28 Jun 2018

Biomedical Catalyst: Regenerative Medicine Research Committee

Supports translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health.

The translation of the burgeoning knowledge in regenerative medicine into new treatment strategies is a key objective of the MRC’s strategic plan. The Biomedical Catalyst: Regenerative Medicine Research Committee (RMRC) provides support for high quality proposals that may underpin or progress the development of  regenerative medicine therapies to improve human health. The RMRC:

  • Supports confidence in concept studies that if successful will promote the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health, thereby accelerating the transition from discovery research to mature translational development projects
  • Funds preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach, through addressing focussed research questions needed to unlock progress in pre-clinical development and/or early clinical testing of novel regenerative medicine therapies
  • Forms part of the MRC’s Translational Research Strategy and forms part of the Biomedical Catalyst funding stream, operating in conjunction with the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme

For more information please visit the MRC website.


British Infection Association – Deadline: 30 Jun 2018

BIA Travel Awards

The British Infection Association invites applications for its travel awards. These support travel to major national or international meetings, in particular to the American Society for Microbiology, the Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases meetings, in order to present original research where an abstract has already been accepted.

Applications are open to UK or Ireland-based clinical and non-clinical trainees in infection or infection-related specialities who have an abstract accepted at an intended conference. PhD students must have a letter of support from their supervisor.

Awards are worth up to £1,000 each to cover travel, accommodation and registration costs. Application Process: Forward letter of acceptance, name of conference, abstract, and 2 page c.v. by e-mail to BIA Scientific & Research Secretary

For more information please visit the BIA website.

Cancer Research UK/BACR – Deadline: 30 Jun 2018

Student Travel Awards

CRUK joined forces with the British Association for Cancer Research (BACR) to provide student travel awards to help students attend scientific meetings.


This scheme is available to students who have been BACR members for at least one year at the time of application.

Applicants will be expected to submit an abstract and to present their work at the relevant meeting and should submit copies of the abstract with their application.

The Association and Cancer Research UK should be appropriately acknowledged on any poster or presentation.

Individuals may apply for up to 2 bursaries, at least one of which must be UK-based during the period of student membership. Since this is likely to fall in two subsequent years, it should be noted that upon election to full membership (if 2 awards have been allocated) then 2 years would have to elapse before applying for a non-student travel award.

CORBEL – Deadline: 30 Jun 2018

Open Call for Research Projects

This Open Call is not a source for funding your research at home, but for funding your access to excellent facilities, pioneering technologies and innovative services.

Are you working on a complex research project in need of multiple, different 
Would you benefit from access to state-of-the-art research infrastructures and services that are not available in your current research environment?
Would integrated access to multiple research infrastructures take your research project to the next level?
More than 20 facilities from 10 different research infrastructures across Biological and Medical Sciences have joined forces and combine their technologies and scientific expertise to support advanced research projects.


Successful applicants will be offered open access to cutting-edge technologies and services available at research infrastructures working in fields such as biobanking, translational medicine, clinical research, curated databases, systems biology, mouse mutant phenotyping, marine model organisms, advanced imaging technologies, high-throughput screening or structural biology. The access modalities vary between CORBEL partner institutes. In general, access can be provided on site or virtually, and experiments are either performed by you, the user, or by staff at the facility (or a combination thereof). CORBEL funds will not be given to successful applicants directly. Instead, costs for travel to partner sites will be reimbursed (up to €5,000) and access to service providers will be granted without access fee (extra costs for consumables may apply).


CORBEL support will cover:

  • Costs of research infrastructure staff providing the services
  • Costs for instrumentation
  • Limited financial support to cover your travel and accommodations costs

CORBEL support will not include:

  • Consumable costs
  • Experimental costs required (if any) before accessing the services (e.g. mouse cohort generation, assay development, etc.)
  • Salary for your staff

For more information please visit the CORBEL website.

Imperial/STFC – Deadline: Jul 3 2018

STFC Impact acceleration account call

The College has been awarded funding for a 2018 Science and Technology Facilities Council – Impact Acceleration Account for projects and activities running until March 2019. They are inviting applications for projects that deliver or promote the benefits of research and PhD training supported by STFC to a full range of end users across industry, the public sector, the third sector and the wider public.

Funding from the STFC Impact Acceleration Account can be used to:

  • Support the commercialisation of STFC-funded research outputs, e.g. funding small proof of concept studies.
  • Supporting the training of STFC-funded academics in knowledge exchange and commercialisation, e.g. hold internal business plan competitions or workshops.
  • Support the assessment for commercial potential of STFC-funded research outputs, e.g. carry out market surveys for new technologies.
  • Support the engagement of STFC-funded academics with relevant users of their research, e.g. hold showcase events to introduce businesses to applied research in STFC-funded academic groups or support short secondments to/from business.

For more information please visit Imperial website.

Royal Society of Medicine – Deadline: 6 Jul 2018

Vascular medicine section: the Harvey prize

Meeting date: Wednesday 5 September 2018 (TBC)
Prize: 1st: £150 plus one year’s RSM membership 2nd: £100
Open to: Trainees

Abstracts are invited from trainees (only) of clinical cases pertaining to vascular medicine, vascular and endovascular surgery of no more than 250 words. Only one paper per person can be submitted.
Short listed candidates will be invited to give an oral presentation. Those invited to present must also register to attend the meeting at a subsidised rate.

For more information, contact: or visit the RSM website.

Wellcome Trust – Deadline: 10 Jul 2018

Genome informatics bursaries

These provide financial assistance for PhD students attending the genome informatics conference, to be held from 17 to 20 September 2018 in Cambridge. The conference will focus on large-scale approaches to understanding the structure and biology of genomes and will bring together computational biologists, human geneticists and others working on comparative and evolutionary genomics to discuss recent advances in this fast moving field.

PhD students who have submitted an abstract for the conference may apply.  A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee).

The following documents will need to be provided:

  •     Abstract
  •     CV
  •     Covering letter
  •     Letter of support from supervisor

Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the registration fee. To apply, please contact the conference organiser . For more information please visit the Welcome Genome Campus website.

MRC – Deadline: 12 Jul 2018

Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND) 

The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports the early stages of development of interventions that address an important UK or global public health issue. Studies funded by the scheme will develop the necessary evidence to underpin the later development and evaluation of novel public health interventions.

The MRC PHIND scheme complements funding available from NIHRMRC Global Health and other sources for subsequent stages of public health intervention development and evaluation.

For more information please visit the MRC website.