EBI Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme

This scheme is open for applications.

There is a 2 stage application process:

Stage 1: Deadline for submission is now closed.

Stage 2: Deadline 16:00 Thursday 28 November 2019. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with the panel in December.  

About the scheme

With support from the MRC the University of Bristol has funding available to support health related translational projects. CiC funding is designed to support projects which are at the proof of concept stage. Other sources of funding are available to support translational projects at different stages of development, such as EBI Translational Acceleration and Knowledge Transfer (TRACK) awards. For more information visit the University of Bristol Impact Funding webpage.

Description of the scheme

  • Confidence in Concept awards will fund larger proof of concept studies which provide robust evidence to funders 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

We anticipate that individual projects funded from an institution’s award will be of the order of £40k - £100k and approximately 6-12 months in length, which will be dictated by the needs of each project. 

Projects should be ready to start upon confirmation of funding and must be completed and funds must be spent by 31 December 2020.

Competition format and resubmissions

CiC has a two stage application process:

  • Stage 1 – Expression of Interest (reviewed by The Translational Hub) – deadline 16:00 Thursday 17 October 2019. If you are interested in applying, please contact John.halliwell@bristol.ac.uk for an expression of interest form. 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 the application. 
  • Stage 2 – Full proposal (reviewed by external panel) – deadline 16:00 Thursday 21 November 2019. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 3 weeks of the deadline. All proposals will receive feedback. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with the panel in the week beginning of December.  
  • 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 University of Bristol academic staff members
  • Applicants must consult with a Research Commercialisation Manager in RED in the development of their proposals in order to be eligible for submission
  • 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:

  • Entire translational projects; applicants seeking funding for entire projects are directed to Development Pathway Funding Scheme.
  • 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

How to apply

There is a 2 stage application process:

Stage 1: is now closed.

Stage 2: Invited candidates make a full application.

Deadline 16:00 Thursday 28 November 2019. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with the panel in December.  

Further information and queries

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

To discuss your project idea please contact asme.boussahel@bristol.ac.uk in the Research Enterprise & Development (RED) team.

Funded CiC projects

Find out more about our funded CiC projects.

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