EBI MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC)

This scheme is currently closed for applications.


About the scheme

With support from the MRC, the University has funding available to support health related translational projects which are at the stage of proof of concept (Confidence in Concept Awards).

Description of the scheme

  • CiC awards will fund proof of concept studies which provide robust evidence of the feasibility of a proposed solution to a health, clinical or product development need.
  • They are intended to accelerate the translation of discovery research into new therapies, diagnostics and medical devices by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach – before seeking more substantive translational funding.

Award amount and duration

Applicants can apply for between £40k - £100k and we expect project durations to be between 6-12 months which will be dictated by the needs of each project. We would be happy to be flexible on the timeline and level of funding if the case made for the intervention is compelling. All applications should be signed off by your Head of School. A fully approved Worktribe costing will need to be in place for an award to be made and you should include the draft Worktribe costing number in the application. Projects will be funded at 100% fEC with schools providing estates and indirects. Projects should be ready to start upon confirmation of funding and must be completed and funds must be spent by 28 February 2022.

Competition format and resubmissions

CiC has a two stage application process:

  • Stage 1 - Outline proposal brief (reviewed by internal panel) – deadline 09:00 Thursday 29 October 2020  
    Applications that fit the remit of CiC will be invited to work closely with a member of the Translational Hub to develop a translational plan and a full application. 
  • Stage 2 – Full proposal (reviewed by external panel) – deadline 09:00 Wednesday 16 December 2020
    Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 3 weeks of the deadline. All proposals will receive feedback. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an informal interview, via video link with the panel in January 2021. 

Applicants who have previously submitted an application for CiC are eligible to resubmit if their proposal has been further developed since their original submission.


  • This scheme is open to all academic staff members
  • Funds will be used to support translational projects directly (not for coordination activities)
  • Individual projects should be based on specific milestones in the translational pathway

The funding will not support:

  • Administration costs or industrial partner costs
  • Staff between posts/funding (i.e. as “bridging” funds), or PhD studentships
  • Continuation of normal research grants
  • Costs relating to the protection of intellectual property


Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Need 
  • Rationale
  • Deliverability
  • Sustainability and progression

Further information and queries

If you require further information or have any queries, please email the EBi Funding Officer, Sarah Blackmore at ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk

To discuss your project idea please contact John Halliwell (john.halliwell@bristol.ac.uk) from the Translational Research Hub

Funded CiC projects

Find out more about our funded CiC projects.

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