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16 Feb 2016

More than £1M funding available under the MRC CIC scheme: 2016 call now open, plus information event on 24 February

The University of Manchester has been awarded funding in the fourth round of the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. The funds are intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach, before seeking more substantive funding (e.g. from MRC DPFS).

The call is now open for applications via submission of a one-page Expression of Interest.

Deadline: Friday, 11 March 2016 (10am).

Further guidance

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme 2016: Information event 24 February

We are holding an information event for CiC 2016 on 24 February (11am-2pm, including lunch and networking) at the Nowgen Centre to share our experience from the previous rounds of the programme and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal.

The information event will include an overview of the scheme from an MRC representative, an industry perspective on the programme, a series of brief presentations about previously-funded projects and details about the process for applications this year. The meeting will end with a buffet lunch giving an opportunity for networking and getting one-to-one advice on your CiC proposal ideas from MRC CiC programme representative, panel members, Research Deanery and Business Engagement.

NB: one-to-one sessions must be pre-booked by contacting the Research Deanery at:

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