EBI Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme

This scheme is open for invited full applications. 

The closing date for full applications is 09:00 Thursday 13 June 2019. For further information please contact: asme.boussahel@bristol.ac.uk

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, although this will be dictated by the needs of each project. Costings are not required at the outline proposal stage. Projects must be completed and funds must be spent by 31 August 2020.

Competition format and resubmissions

CiC has a two stage application process:

  • Stage 1 - Outline proposal (reviewed by internal panel) – deadline 09:00 Thursday 11 April 2019.
    Applications successful at outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal.
  • Stage 2 – Full proposal (reviewed by external panel) – deadline 09:00 Thursday 13 June 2019.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 4 weeks of the deadline. All proposals will receive feedback.

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
  • Projects which involve collaboration with a third party will require a contract once the award has been made. Please contact the appropriate member of the RED contracts team.

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

Application Deadlines

• Outline proposal: 09:00 Thursday 11 April 2019

• Full application: 09:00 Thursday 13 June 2019

Applicants who were successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full application. This should be submitted to ebi-health@bristol.ac.uk by 09:00 Thursday 13 June 2019.

Drop in sessions on translational funding for health research

These events will detail the funding schemes available within the University to support the translation of medical research ahead of the deadline for outline applications to the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme on April 11th.

Those schemes include the EBI’s TRACK scheme, MRC Confidence in Concept, MRC Proximity to Discovery, and Wellcome’s Translational Partnership Award. We will examine more substantive translational funding opportunities, and the support available across the University to support translation and industry engagement.  The drop in sessions are detailed below.  

Drop in session at 1 Cathedral Square: Monday 11 March, 14:00 - 15:00

Drop in session at Canynge Hall: Monday 18 March, 13:30 - 14:30

Drop in session at Southmead L&R (Seminar Room B, Level 2): Wednesday 27 March, 10:00 - 11:30 

Please email asme.boussahel@bristol.ac.uk to indicate if you will be attending, or if you would like to discuss translational funding opportunities further.

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.

Previously funded CiC projects

Find out more about our previously funded CiC projects.

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