Francis Crick Institute – Deadline: 23 Feb 2018

Crick Networking Fund:

The new Networking Fund has been set up to support staff to develop connections across disciplinary boundaries with researchers at the Crick. The fund holds £40k and will support networking activities of typically between £2-5k. The call for applications has a rolling deadline, the first of which is 23 February 2018 for consideration in March. Find out more and apply.

The Networking Fund has been introduced to:

  1. Create and promote a range of opportunities for the Crick-HEI Group Leaders and Principal Investigators to build professional networks within the Partnership and beyond their own discipline.
  2. Support interdisciplinary researchers to make connections, share and develop ideas and apply for research funding from external sources.
  3. Encourage applications that cross disciplinary boundaries, particularly at the Clinical and Physical Sciences interfaces.
  4. Foster the use, and building, of skills for those directly involved in these funded initiatives (e.g. communication skills, leadership, etc.).

To find out more information on the opportunities available, the Imperial Crick team are holding an information and networking event at the Crick on 28 February 2018 to showcase the opportunities and to facilitate networking with Crick staff to spark some new collaborations. Professor Maggie Dallman will also host a Q&A session at South Kensington on 15 March 2018 for the chance to hear from staff already collaborating


EPSRC – Deadline: 13 Mar 2018

Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery


Following the outline expert panel in December 2017, EPSRC‘s Healthcare Technologies theme has invited selected proposals to submit a full application for an ‘Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies’ in September 2017. It is anticipated that a budget of up to £10 million will be available to support one IRC for five to seven years.

Potential applicants can now approach either AstraZeneca (AZ) or GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) if they wish to help develop the full proposal

There will be no obligation on applicants to partner with AZ or GSK (and vice versa). Nor is this intended to preclude partnership with other project partners, including other businesses.

Each bid is expected to consist of one lead institution, with a number of collaborative institutions that bring together world leading research expertise in the disciplines required to deliver the breadth of research proposed.

Collaborations are expected to undertake basic engineering and physical sciences research that assumes a holistic approach to the challenges of developing technologies for targeted therapeutic delivery. Collaborations should have a clear vision for the research and how their approach can contribute to transforming Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies. These should include (but are not limited to):

  • Designing and creating novel formulations
  • Characterising the drug vehicle
  • Manufacturing of novel therapeutic medicine (ideally with renewable materials and at affordable costs)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences for mediated drug delivery, for example encapsulation, magnetic, ultrasonic and photodynamic approaches
  • Characterisation, metrology and activation of targeted therapies in humans

The call primarily aims to support targeted delivery of medicines, from nanomedicines to large molecules, rather than non-medicinal interventions. Therefore surgeries, radiotherapies and other similar approaches are outside the scope of this call. In addition, because regenerative therapies are covered by the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform, we do not expect the delivery of advanced/regenerative therapies to form a significant focus of the IRC in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies.

There are some overarching principles which applicants should be aware of:

  • The majority of the research should be within the scientific remit of EPSRC.
  • The application should have one lead institution and typically several collaborative institutions;
  • An institution may only lead on one bid but may partner in others;
  • EPSRC does not accept resubmissions;
  • The application must be collaborative and multi-disciplinary in nature. The expectation is to bring together relevant disciplines and users to further the research challenges of this area;
  • Full proposals will be expected to demonstrate evidence of user buy-in to the collaboration

Following the initial outline stage of this call, selected proposals have been invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal will be assessed by postal peer review and then an expert interview panel. Full guidance on the preparation of outline and details of the assessment process, can be found in the call document.

For more information please visit the EPSRC website.

Academy of Medical Sciences – Deadline: 21 Mar 2018

Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

The Academy of Medical Sciences announced the second call for applications for GCRF Networking Grant applications. The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. We expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.

The awards provide up to £25,000 over 1 year to hold networking events, supporting collaborations between developing countries and the UK looking at global challenges. Applications should focus on building a collaborative network and therefore should be submitted jointly by a lead overseas researcher from a developing country and a lead researcher based in the UK.

The GCRF Networking Grants will be delivered as part of the Joint Academies Resilient Futures programme. The Academy of Medical Sciences will work collaboratively across the GCRF delivery partners to ensure that these grants provide opportunities for researchers, drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds, to develop new collaborations, improve interaction between UK researchers and those in developing countries and build communities of researchers that can submit high quality applications for other GCRF funding calls.

For more information please visit the AMS website.

Wellcome Trust – Deadline: 24 Apr 2018

Collaborative Awards in Science

Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

Applications for this scheme are usually considered two times a year (April and November).

for more information please visit the Wellcome Trust website.

British Heart Foundation – open all year

New horizons grants

These encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research. Grants are worth up to £300,000 each for up to three years. Funding covers research consumables and essential equipment and staff salaries, excluding PhD students.

For more information about these grants please go to the BHF website.