Excellence Fund for Frontier Research
The College’s Strategy 2015-20 encourages us to act courageously and innovatively when pursuing new partnerships and opportunities and sets out our intention to invest funds and pursue the new and the risky. The Excellence Fund for Frontier Research has been established to support research ideas could be breakthrough programs that have the potential to put us in a leadership position, even if the ideas have not yet received outside funding. Frontier research is intrinsically risky, often characterised by the absence of, or ability to expand disciplinary boundaries, resulting in a new understanding of basic research.
This year we have again secured added funding for an additional award to a group led by an early career researcher (an individual who is a lecturer at the time of application). This funding will be allocated in the same way as the other two grants.
Funding will be available to support three grants, up to £250K each, for a duration of three years. There are no limits on in any individual spend category. Funds can be used to support salary, consumables, professional services fees, travel and subsistence and equipment fees.
Applications will be largely forward looking, demonstrating an opportunity for 1) growth of an otherwise underdeveloped research area, 2) diversification into a new research area, or 3) new insight into a well-established research question.
Applications for 2019 are now open. Departments and Global Institutes are permitted to submit two applications, one that can be led by any research group and a second application which must be led by a lecturer. Please see the call guidance for further information. Closing date for applications: 5pm Wednesday 4 December 2019.
For any futher questions please contact Dr Mark Bambury at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Awardees||Title of Project|
|Professor Guy-Bart Stan, Dr John Heap and Dr Connor Myant||A novel “true 3D” bio-manufacturing platform unlocking new classes of functional materials and structures with broad applications|
|Dr Marina Kuimova, Professor Ramon Vilar and Dr Jean-Baptiste Vannier||Imaging G-quadruplex DNA in live cells with small molecule optical probes|
|Professor Mike Warner and Professor Mengxing Tang||TRUST+FWI (Transmission and Reflection UltraSound Tomography with Full-Waveform Inversion)|
|Dr Paul Bruce and Dr Matthew Santer||Packing for a Journey to Mars|
|Professor Anastasios Karadiitris, Dr Antonia Rotolo, Dr Sarah Fidler and Profesor Graham Cooke||CAR-iNKT cell immunotherapy for the treatment of HIV Infection|
|Professor Jane Mitchell and Dr Nicholas Kirkby||Exploring the unchartered territory of the bronchovascular bundle to uncover new biological concepts and novel therapeutic targets for cardiovascular and respiratory disease|
|Dr Karen Polizzi, Dr Chris Rowlands and Dr Cleo Kontoravdi||Integrating living analytics into bioprocessing|
|Dr Ben Almquist, Dr Chris Rowlands and Dr Andriy Kozlov||Sensing voltage in neurons with biomimetic quantum-dot nano-doughnuts|
|Dr Minh-Son Pham and Dr Paul Hooper||Meta-crystals: Smart architected materials containing hierarchical crystals across multiple lengthscales|