EBI Confidence in Concept (CiC) COVID-19 Special Call

This scheme is open for applications.

Expression of interest - proposal (reviewed by panel including external expertise) - deadline 12:00 Thursday 23 April 2020 

Applications successful at this stage will then receive support from the Translational Research Hub in RED to help ensure project development and progression plans are appropriate to support downstream translation.

 

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). We have decided to launch a special call to fund interventions which are targeted at the COVID-19 pandemic. Where applications are based on underpinning research from the physical sciences or social sciences we may look to supplement MRC funding through the EPSRC and ESRC impact acceleration accounts.

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.
  • The awards 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. This may also include key contributions towards other larger collaborative responses to COVID-19.
  • We will consider relevant approaches to disinfection, sterilisation and protective clothing.
  • We will consider interventions that are behavioural in nature

Award amount and duration

Applicants can apply for between £20k - £60k and we expect project durations to be between 3-9 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 fEC will need to be in place for an award to be made and you should include the draft fEC number in the application. Projects will be funded at 100% fEC with schools providing estates and indirects.

Competition format and resubmissions

CiC has a streamlined application process for this award to enable projects to start quickly:

  • Expression of interest - proposal (reviewed by panel including external expertise) – deadline 12:00 Thursday 23 April 2020
  • Applications successful at this stage will then receive support from the Translational Research Hub in RED to help ensure project development and progression plans are appropriate to support downstream translation.
  • Applications should be no more than 3 pages in length

Eligibility

  • 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

Criteria

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Need 
  • Rationale
  • Deliverability
  • Sustainability and progression

How to apply

Expressions of interest - proposal deadline 12:00 Thursday 23 April 2020

• Eligible applications to be reviewed by a panel which includes external expertise

CiC_Covid19_EOI_form_2020 (Office document, 174kB)

Completed applications should be emailed to teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk

Further information and queries

If you require further information or have any queries, please email Teresa Nurser (teresa.nurser@bristol.ac.uk), Knowledge Exchange Officer

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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