ICiC Innovation Conference

Key information

Applications now open

For any questions please contact:

Research Strategy Coordinator
Dr Kimberley Trim 

ICiC Application Guidelines 2021 [download]ICiC Application – online portalICiC Project plan form 2021 [download]

ICiC provides pilot funding to bridge the gap between discovery research and well-developed applications for MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) support, or similar follow-on funding schemes.

Applications must be submitted via our online portal (enter via button on righthand side of this page).

There are two parts to the application, Part A is the online form we are using to gather various pieces of information on your project, and Part B requires various documentation to be uploaded via the online form.

Part A – PI details, ethics and IP

  • PI and co-investigator details
  • Details of collaborators
  • Details of industry partners (if applicable)
  • Project title, modality and research area
  • IP Information
  • Home office licence
  • Ethics

At the end of the first part of the online form you will be asked to upload the material below

Part B – Research plan details and approvals (upload via online form)

  • ICIC Project Plan 2021 (Word)
  • The Worktribe summary statement page
    • Plus Royal Marsden costs (where applicable)
  • Email of costings approval from all Departments involved 
    • Plus Royal Marsden approval (where applicable)
  • HoD approval email
    • Plus Royal Marsden Clinical Research Lead approval (where applicable)

Frequently asked questions

Can Imperial employees (or ICHT employees with honorary College contracts) working on the Brompton, Marsden or Chelsea & Westminster campuses apply?

The MRC component is open to anyone with an Imperial College contract, honorary or otherwise. This is the sixth year that The Royal Marsden has contributed funds to this scheme and as such collaborative applications are encouraged. Previous schemes have involved an element of funding from the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and therefore collaborative applications between Chelsea & Westminster and Imperial are also encouraged.

How should I cost my proposal?

Applicants should use Worktribe to draft costings for their proposals and if there are any queries about this, they should email confidenceinconcept@imperial.ac.uk or contact Julie Williams (j.williams@imperial.ac.uk), the JRO contacts for this scheme. Applicants should select ‘internal scheme’ as the funder.

In addition, collaborations between Imperial and the Royal Marsden researchers must contact cancerbrc@rmh.nhs.uk prior to submission to their proposals assist with costing.

It is vital to accurately cost proposals so that the research will not be impeded by resource constraints. This involves accurately costing all the staff effort and other direct costs required to deliver the research project, including a realistic view of investigator time.

What can I include in costs?

Projects should be costed as FEC projects including staffing and outsourcing costs. No indirect or directly allocated costs will be supported.

Outsourced contract work is permissible and should be fully costed and supported with a reasonable justification for using that supplier/collaborator. Where more than one supplier is available, the presentation of quotations acquired would be welcomed.

Generally, it is envisaged that this budget will not cover the recruitment of new staff. Directly incurred staff costs are permissible, however these are not standard research grants, but are milestone-driven grants designed to prove concepts/”prime” an idea (to facilitate successful projects applying for further translational funding from research funding bodies such as the MRC in the future). The Scheme Committee has the authority to cease project funding in the event that project milestones are not met. Therefore applicants are advised that employing staff on contracts beyond the term of a milestone is at their own risk (the grant will not allow funds for redundancy should the project be terminated).

All budget items must be justifiable and candidates invited to submit a full application will be asked to discuss the budget at the full application meeting. Budget items that cannot be justified will not be approved/included in the award and re-working of budgets may be requested post-meeting.

It is envisaged that project awards will be for 100% of the directly incurred costs only. This is shown in Worktribe by selecting the “charity” rule.

Can I request a no-cost extension if needed?

Due to the restrictions on our awards from the MRC and Wellcome Trust all projects must be completed by March 2023; no extension requests will be granted. We advise applicants to have staff already in place to prevent recruitment delaying the project start date.

Do I need to discuss the application with the relevant Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation team before applying?

We strongly recommend that applicants contact technology transfer specialists in the College’s Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation (IPC) team before submitting an expression of interest, to discuss market potential analysis and any arising IP. Please contact Vjera Magdalenic-Mousavvi or Stephanie Morris (directorIPC.medicine@imperial.ac.uk), IPC Directors for the Faculty of Medicine.

Please note that, as of 1 March 2019, tech transfer work is now led directly by the College. This replaces the external technology transfer office arrangement that was previously in place.

Who forms the ICiC panel?

The ICiC panel is composed of representatives from Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation, Imperial College Faculties of Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences, external experts and The Royal Marsden.

What is the balance of the projects being supported?

With the funding originating from HEFCE, MRC, NIHR Imperial BRC, Wellcome Trust ISSF, The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust, Rosetrees Trust and industry partners the scheme looks to support a balanced portfolio of projects including both pre-clinical and clinical work elements.

Is project management mandatory?

Yes. The ICiC panel recognise the importance of a centralised Project Manager who is familiar with all the projects and can facilitate, monitor and report progress to the Committee.

Who will decide which particular fund a project is supported by?

(e.g. Confidence in Concept fund, NIHR Imperial BRC/Imperial Innovations Therapeutic Primer Fund, Wellcome Trust ISSF, The Royal Marsden)

Applicants will apply through a single competition. The ICiC Panel will determine the funding source of supported applications. Funding of the projects will be 100% of the directly incurred costs applied for.

NIHR Imperial BRC funded projects and the Royal Marsden funded projects will need to adhere to NIHR BRC contract terms and conditions, in particular concerning the ineligibility of costs relating to animal work, the limits on items of capital expenditure, intellectual property, the need to spend within NHS financial years, and requirements to meet clinical study performance metrics.

Will there be further calls for proposals?

Further MRC Confidence is Concept funding is dependent on a subsequent call from the MRC.