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MRC Award University 250k for Industry Feasibility Projects

The University of Bath has been awarded £250,000 from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Confidence in Concept scheme, to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects.

The scheme, not previously awarded to the University, will support preliminary work or feasibility studies to be used flexibly in funding four to six projects of approximately 6 months duration.

The projects supported should aim to provide sufficient preliminary data to establish the viability of an approach, or confidence in the underlying concept, before seeking more substantive funding.

The MRC wishes to promote academic-industry interactions through the scheme and applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to explore how awards could be used to develop these interactions.

Phil Brown, Research Commercialisation Manager (EKE) at the University of Bath, says: “The MRC Confidence in Concept scheme is an extremely competitive funding stream and the University is very pleased receive such an award. The MRC recognised the industrial engagement that Bath has within field and its ability to deliver translational research. We look forward to supporting the transition of fundamental research with industry and, moreover, to a point where projects are competitive for more substantive funding”.

The Confidence in Concept scheme is not limited to the development of new chemical entities; all modalities of therapy and diagnostic are welcomed, including engineering/medical technology and bioinformatics approaches.

Interactions with small and medium enterprises are particularly welcome.

Further information on the MRC Confidence in Concept Award.