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.
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