How will you translate your next big idea? Fancy hearing what the UK’s top biomedical funders are looking for and informally discussing your ideas?

On 12th May, the University of Birmingham is holding its second Translational Funding Event. We have had confirmation that representatives from BBSRC, CRUK, EPSRC, MRC and Wellcome Trust will attend and each give a brief presentation on how to submit a successful application to their translational funding schemes.  We also hope to welcome ARUK, LLR and NIHR.  There will be an informal networking lunch, and the opportunity to book a 1-2-1 slot (10-15 mins) to discuss your research and the suitability of it to a particular funder. Continue reading


Translational fun(ding) day

Thank you to everyone who came along to the recent translational funding event, where we had speakers from BBSRC, BHF, CRUK, MRC and The Wellcome Trust.  Feedback has been very positive, both from the academics and the funders involved.

We will be arranging similar networking opportunities in the future and would like to hear which funders you are interested in meeting.  Presentations from the day can be requested from your Tech Transfer Officer, Claire Fenlon (

Translational Funding Event – Thursday 10th July

Unlock the translational potential of your research

On Thursday 10th July, the College of Medical & Dental Sciences are hosting a Translational Funding Event to raise awareness around what translational funding is available, which may appropriate for you, and at what stage you should be considering external translational funding schemes. Continue reading

BBSRC and MRC Industrial CASE Studentships

Call opens: 6 May 2014

Next application deadline: 10 July 2014

All Research Councils have agreed a shared vision for Collaborative Training, providing doctoral students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations in the private, public and civil society sectors. Continue reading

New BBSRC funding opportunities

There are two key schemes currently open with BBSRC it may well be worth you considering applying to.

  • The first of these is ALERT 14, which wants proposals for multi-project/multi-use equipment (typically £250k-£750k) to enhance capabilities in areas of science in the BBSRC remit, particularly where they pioneer the use of emerging advanced research technology.
  • The second is the BBSRC’s Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship, which is targeted at early career researchers seeking to become independent who have “high potential” and no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience. The call is also open to current PhD students who are expected to have completed their PhD viva exam prior to announcement of the awarded AFLFs (30 November 2014).

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