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School of the Biological Sciences

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The School of Biological Sciences, in partnership with the Isaac Newton Trust, have launched a seed funding grants scheme to support scientists across the School to develop ambitious research programmes and facilitate new collaborations that address biological problems across scales and systems.

The scheme has emerged following two successful years of Research Theme activity in the School. Since Spring 2021, the six Research Themes have provided a new platform for research integration, encouraging new conversations and enhancing interdisciplinary networking critical for major innovation. 

“Over the past two years there have been many meetings, ideas shared and opportunities for new research projects identified, all as a result of Research Theme activities” said Dr Abi Herrmann, Research Strategy Manager in the School of Biological Sciences. “Feedback from Group Leaders across the School has highlighted the need for seed funding to support the development of these new ideas and we are pleased to be working with the Isaac Newton Trust to offer funds to enable new, multi-scale, collaborative biological science projects which we hope will lay the groundwork for larger research programmes in the near future”.

The scheme is open to all research group leaders in the School, with priority given to supporting newly independent investigators and those who are approaching the end of grant funding. Up to £50,000 is available over two years to nurture new collaborations and research. Researchers in the School can find out more on the School Information Hub (Raven login required).

The seed funding scheme is generously supported by the Isaac Newton Trust and the School of Biological Sciences.