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The Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund (MLSTF) is open to all University of Oxford researchers and provides consolidated internal proof of concept funding for translational medical and life sciences projects.

Given the recent success of the Translational Research Office (TRO) in increasing the funding volume available to the Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund (MLSTF) we are pleased to announce an earlier return of the next round for MLSTF. MLSTF supports proof-of-concept projects at the early stages of translation that are of high risk but with potential of high reward. It funds researchers to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of a translational approach. This fund does not support exploratory basic science.

Comprising of devolved funding from MRC, Wellcome IP Revenue Retention Funds, NIHR BRC Revenue Funds, with some additional aligned funding, MLSTF is a consolidated fund where in 2024, the project managed fund will be approximately £1.5M to ‘pump-prime’ the translation of novel therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, artificial intelligence and digital technologies in healthcare and other therapeutic interventions (including ‘repurposing of existing therapies’) toward clinical testing.

Following feedback from key stakeholders, including previous applicants and award holders, MLSTF has undergone transformational changes with the ambition to increase the quality of applications submitted to MLSTF that have great potential in creating commercial, clinical, societal or global impact. Our revamped MLSTF scheme offers a dedicated stepping stone opportunity for early career researchers to enhance their skillset and pursue their translational research endeavours.

Application deadline: 5 February 2024

Learn more about the MLSTF