NEW – Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund – NOW OPEN

UoB recently secured funding from the MRC’s new Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund (PtD).   This fund will aim to support individual mobility to enable early engagement with industry as well as placement opportunities with businesses that could accelerate the translational potential of your work.  Work must be biomedically relevant and support the MRC’s remit.

The University will deliver PtD through 2 main schemes:

1  Rapid Response Mobility (RRM)

  • This scheme will support applications for funding to mobilise researchers and enable accelerated industry engagement, where other funds do not exist.  Will cover travel (including international flights) and accommodation where necessary and may even fund child care arrangements where needed (to ensure equality in line with our commitment to Athena  Swan).  There is no specific upper limit to funding requested, however value for money  must be apparent.  You may apply to the PtD fund more than once to visit multiple potential industry partners if appropriate.

2  Exchange and Explore (E&E)

  •   This scheme will support clearly defined exploratory projects with the objective of generating sufficient preliminary data to build towards a collaborative application, either to an internal fund such as CiC or external funding application such as a larger scale industry funded collaborative project, CASE Studentship or project grant.  Applications of up to £10K (consumables only i.e. no staffing costs) are welcomed.

Prior to submission, all applications to the PtD fund must have been discussed with your College Business Engagement Partner.

MDS – Anne Simper a.simper[at]

LES – Sue Wilde-Greer s.wilde-greer[at] 0121 414 8065

EPS – Richard Fox[at] 0121 414 8921

There are no specific deadlines and applications will be reviewed as and when they are received.  We expect the fund to be open to applications until March 2016, at which point we hope to have allocated all the funding.

Full guidance and application forms can be requested from your local Business Engagement Partner (listed above)