Ensuring that fundamental science is translated into new therapies, diagnostics and medical devices is central to the MRC’s mission. The Confidence in Concept scheme aims to accelerate the transition from discovery science to the early stages of therapeutic/diagnostic development by providing locally-administered, responsive and flexible funding to support preliminary translational work.
The projects supported should aim to provide sufficient preliminary data to establish the viability of an approach – i.e. to provide confidence in the underlying concept – before seeking more substantive funding.
There are two calls each year, one in March and one in September. The application process of each call has two stages, with Expressions of Interest (EoI) and full-stage for shortlisted projects.
EoIs are welcomed from any bio-medically relevant project across the University looking to prove translational viability.
In advance of submission, all applicants should discuss their EoIs with either Vicky Kosti (V.Kosti@bham.ac.uk) or Jonathan Watkins (email@example.com ).
Their applications should also have their project costings discussed with their institute facilitators prior to submission.
In addition, unless having done so previously, the applicants should attend the Translational Training session (the next one is held on 3rd October 2018, 1.30-3.30pm in MED-CM16).
The EoI submission of the first call will be closed by 1pm on Friday 26th October 2018. The panel meeting is to be held on the 8th of November 2018 when the EoIs were reviewed and shortlisted.
The panel members include Ferenc Mueller (Chair, MDS), Jonathan Rowe (EPS), David Hannah (LES), Simon Wyn Jones (MDS), Gareth Wallis (Sport & Exercise Science), David Wraith (MDS), Ed Rainger (MDS), Ruth Roberts (LES), Liam Grover (EPS), Lloyd Czaplewski (External, ChemBioVentures).
The outcomes of the EoI stage were informed by the mid of November 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Additional support is provided in the form of a feedback session with our external consultant Prof. Alan Boyd (last week of November 2018).
The full stage application will be open from the 15th November and close by 1pm on the 19th December. The full stage application outcome will be informed shortly after the panel review before the end of January 2019.
Further information can be found in the guidance document and application form below.
MRC CiC EoI Application Form
MRC CiC Full Application Form
MRC CiC Guidance