Ongoing funding events
Our ongoing funding events are shown below.
Translating research into healthcare improvements and enhanced economic prosperity is central to the MRC’s mission. A number of recent developments have contributed to a marked improvement in opportunities for academic-industry biomedical research collaborations. MICAs represent MRC’s response to this changing climate and are particularly aimed at encouraging and supporting genuinely collaborative research projects between academic researchers and industry.
The BBSRC new pathfinder scheme enables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities.
The Brian Mercer Feasibility Awards aim to provide initial support to test the feasibility of a project and enable holders to investigate the technical and economical feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party. These awards are designed to promote innovation and are intended to fill the funding gap between the scientific research and the exploitation of the idea through venture capital. The scheme covers the built environment, clean technology, energy and nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Funded by BBSRC and delivered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Fellow (either individually or with others) and within which the Fellow would be expected to play a leading (though not necessarily the leading) role. This award is of particular relevance to individuals and ideas who previously received BBSRC Follow-on Funding (although not exclusively).
A year’s salary to provide time to develop a full business plan and seek investment
Access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors
Business training to help develop the required skills
Academic and research staff and postgraduates with relevant experience are eligible to apply if employed by a:
UK Higher Education Institution (HEI), or
Institutes of BBSRC
Invited applications for applied R&D projects that are close to existing Wellcome Trust interests. For example, these may build on Trust initiatives in basic science, such as genome-wide association studies, healthcare in low- and middle-income countries, or in areas like malaria, typhoid or TB.