We are launching a second Call-to-Arms (C2A-2) which will start from the first week of February 2021. This follows the first COVID Call to Arms (C2A-1) during the first lockdown, and which led to a submission of £8M worth of grant income which would not have otherwise have found its way to submission.
The C2A-2 carries the theme of “Industrial challenges: The Nexus of Healthcare, Sustainability and Digital” and is organised by the Interdisciplinary Research Network, consisting of the research centres CSCT, C3Bio, CTI and IMI.
This is a great opportunity to explore new avenues, in particular partnering with industry, as well as opening the door to broad and diverse funding streams.
Please note, that whilst C2A-2 will overlap with the Faculty of Science Virtual Sandpit on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Health, it is a separate process and deliberately runs in parallel with a complementary theme; offering optimal opportunity and context for those of you interested in exploring and proposing interdisciplinary research under these themes.
How is the call-to-arms organised?
C2A-2 kicks off with a half-day session which encourages the formation of interdisciplinary teams around specific research challenges. This leads into a sequence of “check-in” meetings in which ideas and progress is encouraged and supported.
Who can sign up?
The C2A-2 is open to all academic staff from prize fellow upwards. We would particularly like to encourage early career researchers to join in and experience a new way of working that can help open the door to new funding regimes and industrial needs.
What is the rough agenda?
From the week commencing 1 February there will be a half-day session of pitches for potential research ideas and discussions on topics which emerged from a recent consultation with industry (Innovation Day on 9 December):
- Net Zero in EU and UK health services
- Sustainable medicines life-cycle and digital analysis
- Biosensors in precision medicine
- Quantitative diagnostics and prognostics in precision medicine
- Personalised management and treatment of pain
- Big data analysis of established medical sources
By the end of the session, participants will be asked to self-organise into groups to chase a potential project, with an identified end point (grant submission/industrial partnership/other…).
- Week commencing 15 February
- First check-in: Project leads update with small summary on project ambition, target, end game and feedback given
- Week commencing 1 March
- Industry Pitch: a chance to pitch back ideas to industrial/external partners for feedback on project ideas
- Week commencing 15 March
- A series of two-weekly check-ins with project leads culminating moving towards end game
More details will be disseminated after registration.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
On behalf of The University of Bath Interdisciplinary Research Network
Andreas Kyprianou (IMI) Banafshe Larijani (CTI) Pedro Estrela (C3Bio) Matt Davidson (CSCT) Richie Gill (CTI)