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With the support of the NIHR Oxford BRC, the University of Oxford Immunology Network has driven the development of the Human Immune Discovery Initiative, an initiative that aims to improve accessibility to immunological assays and expertise for all researchers across the University (and beyond). HIDI will act as a gateway to immunological resources by sponsoring 4 Discovery Platforms within the Medical Sciences Division. These Platforms are led by experienced researchers and include:

Projects that flow through HIDI will vary in the number and type of assays utilised and the scientific background, including but not limited to oncology, infection, neuroscience, metabolism, and others. Close links with OUH and OUI will allow the identification and rapid translation of research for patient benefit, if desired.

The HIDI internal fund will support projects that meet the remit and scope of this Initiative. There will be two funding calls throughout the year, aiming to support a range of projects from across the University. We expect to support approximately 10 projects per year. The Management Committee, comprising members of the Immunology Network, HIDI Platforms, the NHS and OUI, will be responsible for allocating the funding.

REMIT AND SCOPE

Projects will need to demonstrate a fit with one or more of the following HIDI strategic priorities:

  1. Excellent, novel, human immunological research
  2. Cross-technology, cross-Platform research
  3. Research for patient benefit

Applications should aim to demonstrate the advantages that the use of HIDI Platforms will provide with particular emphasis on how access to immunological assays and expertise will advance the project. Applicants should liaise with the project manager for HIDI and the relevant Platforms well in advance of the deadline to ensure accurate costings are submitted. Projects can aim to generate preliminary data or build on existing research. Projects should be no longer than 12 months duration. A potential translational outcome would be particularly welcome.       

There are two types of award available;

  1. Small awards- requests must not exceed £10,000
  2. Main awards- requests must not exceed £40,000

COSTING AND MATCH FUNDING

Please liaise with the Platform staff who will be able to advise on costings for your project. Staff and equipment costs are not eligible. For main awards, applications will need to demonstrate a clear case for how HIDI support will provide significant insight to a research question, and will utilise multiple Platforms. Match funding is especially encouraged. Projects are expected to be between 6 and 12 months in duration. This will allow rapid assessment of the benefit of HIDI to aid future sustainability approaches.