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The Wellcome Trust Institutional Translational Partnership Award (iTPA)

The University of Manchester has been awarded Wellcome Trust (WT) funding to undertake a two- year pilot scheme, aimed at building better links between science, technology and innovation by removing barriers between disciplines and making it easier to take the first translational step.

This funding has enabled the appointment of two Translational Research Facilitators (TRFs), who will aid investigators with ensuring translatability of ongoing projects, forge new and productive connections between academic researchers and the clinical workforce and lead the following two schemes that have been funded as part of the award:

The Access to Expertise Award (£125,000 pa) will enable investigators to access appropriate expertise to help unblock specific bottlenecks associated with translational research and shift their research to the next phase of translation. Six projects of 6-12 month duration will be awarded up to £25,000. Call for applications Tuesday 29th May 2018.

The Translational Research Project Award (£110,000 pa) will fund studies that move research projects along the translational pathway. These could be linked to our BRC themes or other key areas of research strength including that from our WT funded researchers. Two projects of 6-12 month duration will be awarded up to £55,000. Further details and the call for applications will be available, Sept 2018.

Both awards are open to the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Engineering, and Biology, Medicine, and Health.

One of the TRFs, Dr Laura Ajram started in the role this month and is available for discussions with investigators about the two awards, and how the iTPA may be relevant to their research.


E: laura.ajram@healthinnovationmanchester.com

T: 0161 509 3867

M: 07768 805 281

Access to Expertise Funding Call- deadline 5pm Monday 25th June 2018

The ‘Access to Expertise’ fund aims to enable*:

  • Access to appropriate technical expertise; for example,
    • Second bioinformatics/biostatistics expertise or time to maximally capitalise on large data sets
    • Buy out dedicated time for trials physicians and nurses to interact fully with academics, and for academics to spend time in a clinical setting
  • Access to complex and specific regulatory advice
  • Recruitment of external mentors/entrepreneurs in residence to guide academics in engaging with translational research with tailored routes to clinic/market
  • Secondment in a clinical or industrial environment
  • Analysis of market/patient need and competitive landscapes

* This list is not exhaustive, and other methods of overcoming research challenges by accessing expertise will also be considered.

The scheme is not intended to fund an entire project but to support expert engagement that would overcome a particular hurdle that needs to be addressed before a proposal for further funding could be submitted. We anticipate award duration being typically ~ 6-9 months but will consider up to maximum 12 months. Funding will be provided for 100% of Directly Incurred costs only, up to £25,000.

This competition is open to all areas of translational research including (but not limited to) therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and informatics, at all stages of the translational pipeline; from translation of basic science, to better understanding of disease mechanisms, to clinical application, translation of new data into the clinic and health decision making.

Applications are open to the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Engineering, and Biology, Medicine and Health.

Please see the iTPA_A2E 2018 Application Brief for full call details and how to submit an application.