NIHR Funding Opportunity for Oncology Diagnostics

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Awards invite applications in the area of Oncology Diagnostics, aiming to improve medical practice by better prevention, earlier and more precise diagnosis, early intervention and more tailored treatment, all of which can help improve clinical outcomes, avoid side effects and contribute to overall cost savings.  Deadline for applications 27 May 2015 1:00 pm Continue reading


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: Continue reading

Confidence in Concept and Proximity to Discovery

MRC launches institutional Confidence in Concept and Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund

The MRC recently announced that the 2014 call for institutional applications to the Confidence in Concept scheme is live. Running alongside this, the MRC has launched a second institutional pilot scheme, Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund, which will provide awards to institutions to be used flexibly to support the development of relationships with industry partners. Funding will enable research organisations to be proactive in developing collaboration and allow a greater flexibility to respond quickly to opportunities as they arise. Short term people exchanges between industry and academia are considered a key component. Continue reading

Newton Fund launch first UK-India call

The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

As part of the Newton fund, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are inviting proposals for joint research between India and the UK.  Continue reading

What can be done to maximise contribution?

Include a realistic amount of effort for the PI and Co-Is of your project.
We recommend an allowance of 20% effort (1 day per week) over the duration of a project as a minimum for Grade 9 staff and below. Professors supervising the work may contribute less time, but overall the effort of supervision on the project should be at least 20% including Co-I time. Continue reading

Low Research Contributions

We need your help! Financially it is a difficult time for the University – including our College – with low levels of research awards and low levels of contribution being generated on those awards.

What is contribution and why is it important?
The items that generate contributions on awards are supervision, estates and indirect costs which help support the University infrastructure. Contributions cover the cost of all our buildings, utilities, corporate services, school-funded salaries, and much more. Continue reading