This new fund is targeted to promising PhD students and Post-docs who need funding for pilot studies to evaluate the viability of their translational research ideas. The major aim of the grant is to foster creativity and to have researchers and scientists thinking about translational research potential from early on in their careers. They will be given a small funding award to cover the costs of the research to further explore their idea.
The term translational research can be quite broad, the classic motto of bench to bedside aptly describes the process. The idea in its simplest form is to take advancements made in the lab to produce new drugs, medical devices, diagnostic options, or new intervention strategies, with the end goal of bringing a product to market. With this in mind, this grant aims to facilitate the very early stages of this process. We look to fund the first evaluation of an idea that has translational research potential.
Post-docs who have yet to receive any external funding.
Research techs and lab assistants.
The funding comes from a segment of the pump priming fund that the MOTIP team received from the Wellcome Trust. Each award will be for between 3 and 6 months, and will be for a maximum of £5,000.
Applicants will submit an EOI with the basic premise of their project via google form here. The interested researcher will briefly explain their idea and a goal they are trying to achieve during the award period.
The MOTIP team will talk to all who submit an EOI. For projects that show promise we will discuss goals, timelines and strategies for the project moving forward. With projects that require some more work, the discussion will focus on ways the project could be reworked or improved.
The selection committee will meet and discuss the projects. However, given the small amount of money of each award, most projects that fit the criteria will be funded.
Awards and funding will then be distributed to the researchers and their research can begin.
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