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MRC Proximity to Discovery (P2D) Industry Engagement Fund

To continue the success of previous rounds, The University of Manchester has been awarded £237,000 from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to deliver Phase 4 of the MRC Proximity to Discovery (P2D) Industry Engagement Fund, running from 1 May 2018 to 30 August 2019.

The fund aims to help new collaborations by supporting early interactions and knowledge exchange between industry and academic researchers.

Successful proposals will:

  • enhance academic understanding of industry or vice versa in order to foster biomedical research collaborations;
  • showcase biomedical research to highlight the opportunities they provide for potential industry partners;
  • allow an exchange of skills or knowledge to enable development of new collaborative projects.

The competition is structured around two schemes – the Relationship Incubator Scheme and the Industry Secondment Scheme. Applications are invited from across the biomedical field, including – but not exclusive – to:

  • therapeutics;
  • medical devices;
  • diagnostics;
  • digital health.

Relationship Incubator Scheme

We want to foster new relationships between industry and academic researchers, create opportunities for collaboration and encourage exchange of knowledge and skills.

The scheme aims to overcome the barriers to translation by supporting the interactions between academics and industry partners to explore the application and exploitation opportunities for biomedical research. The scheme will also support academics to develop greater understanding of industrial research priorities and models of engagement.

Further information

The call for proposals opened on 11 April 2017 and closes on 31 May 2017, 12 noon.

If you have a project that you think may be suitable for our Relationship Incubator Scheme, please email for more information.

Applications should be developed in conjunction with the Business Engagement Team.


Industry Secondment Scheme

One of the best ways to increase the exchange of knowledge is to encourage the exchange of people between universities and organisations.

We can provide flexible support for secondments between our University and businesses or organisations that focus on the commercial/translational development research within the MRC remit. This includes secondments of industry staff to the University, or the secondment of our staff to an industry partner.

Further information

The first call for proposals opens on 1 May 2018, with a closing deadline of 30 June 2018, 12 noon.

The second call for proposals opens on 1 Aug 2018, with a closing deadline of 30 Sept 2018, 12 noon.

Where possible you are encouraged to submit your proposal to the first call. Should all the funds be allocated in the first call, a second call for proposals will be cancelled.

If you have a project that you think may be suitable for our Industry Secondment Scheme, please email for more information.