2013 Call for Biomedical Research Funding
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2013 CALL FOR GRANTS HAS NOW CLOSED.
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Overview & Information
Welcome to the Dr Hadwen Trust’s new and improved research funding programme
This year we have made some important and significant improvements to the application process. These changes have been made with the applicant in mind to create a more streamlined, efficient and scientifically robust application experience. The most noteworthy of these improvements is that we have removed the requirement for an initial preliminary application prior to being invited to submit the full application. Additionally, we have improved a number of our policies for the benefit of our future Grantholders.
On this and the following pages, you will find information relating to our current (2013) call for grant applications which we encourage all potential applicants to thoroughly read.
The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) invites applications from UK-based scientists for research that will advance scientific and medical knowledge with the ultimate aim of replacing laboratory animals.
Some important points to consider before applying for a DHT research grant
- Grants are not available simply in support of non-animal research per se. The research must be directed towards replacing the use of living animals in current procedures within the applicant’s laboratory or, preferably, in the wider field.
- The DHT does not fund any project involving animals, animal tissue, animal cells or cell lines in any way. For the purposes of grant applications in 2013-2014, the term animal is defined as any organism of the Kingdom Animalia (excluding humans).
- Research which requires or involves the use of living animals in any way, even if the ultimate aim may be to replace their use, will not be supported. We will not fund the purchase or maintenance of animals for any reason.
- Proposals relevant to any area of biomedical research (particularly fundamental biological research) will be considered and applications that integrate a range of disciplines are welcomed.
- Applicants must outline the potential benefits of the proposed work in both scientific and animal replacement terms.
- It is important to provide measures of impact, for example, an estimate of the number of animals replaced directly as a result of the funded research and/or in the wider field. It is also most helpful to illustrate the scientific advantage that a novel non-animal approach could have over other in vivo/vitro methods.
- Assessment criteria will also factor the applicant's strategy for promoting their proposed research (e.g. journal/book publications, web articles and presentations at scientific conferences etc.).
- It is important to note that the DHT does not award Full Economic Costs (FEC).
Requests for funding
- Research grants are awarded for a period of up to 3 years.
- The financial support requested should be tailored to the scientific needs of the proposal.
- The maximum financial support that can be requested is £60,000 p.a. for research (staff) positions, of which a maximum of £10,000 p.a. can be claimed for consumables.
- For PhD Studentships, the maximum amount that can be requested is £26,850 p.a. of which a maximum of £6,000 p.a. can be claimed for consumables.
Requests for funding can include:
- The salary (personal support) for the position applied for.
- Materials, consumables & equipment.
Submitting an application
As mentioned previously, the DHT has significantly improved its application process and applicants are no longer required to submit a preliminary proposal. All applicants are required to complete and submit one full application for the research project.
The DHT Research Funding Scheme currently has one call for applications each year. Details of the 2013 round are given below.
- The deadline for submitting an application for the 2013 round of applications is 5pm Monday 2nd December 2013.
- The application review process involves 2 phases. At the end of phase 1, unsuccessful applicants will be informed that their application will not progress any further.
- Full application review decisions will be communicated to applicants around July/August 2014 with projects expected to start no later than 6 months from the date of the award.