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This block grant aims to support activities that build relationships between the university and industry partners, and promote a culture of innovation.

The Medical Sciences Division has been awarded £237,000 from the Medical Research Council Proximity to Discovery (P2D) Fund, up from £150,000 in the last round. This block grant aims to support activities that build relationships between the university and industry partners, and promote a culture of innovation. It also aims to promote interaction that may lead to MRC CiC applications. We would actively encourage applications for innovative and ambitious projects from teams across the Division.

Predominantly the scheme supports staff exchanges with industry. Funds would be available to cover travel, subsistence and accommodation costs. 

Currently the fund supports a range of activities across the Division including the Industry Experts in Residence Scheme. We support training workshops involving industry and interaction involving potential co-development of the technologies and novel applications in biomedical research. 

We would actively encourage applications for innovative and ambitious projects from teams across the Division.

strategy 2019-2020

As scientific research becomes increasingly technically sophisticated and specialised it is more important than ever to ensure continuing inter-disciplinary collaboration to allow these disruptive technologies to be applied to healthcare research. One of Oxford’s key strengths is our multi-disciplinary research base and we believe that there is huge potential to act as a forum to promote closer collaboration with industry partners to drive technological innovation in healthcare research. 

Funding will be allocated through open calls for innovative industry engagement opportunities, which enables us to respond to new and innovative opportunities from within our academic community. We particularly welcome proposals that fall into the following categories:

  • Strategic SME engagement
  • Knowledge/skills exchange to develop long-term strategic relationships with companies

Proposals must support MRC-related science areas. Funding is not intended to support staff exchange with University of Oxford spin out companies.

COSTING

Proximity to Discovery will pay for direct costs only. Costs must be incurred by Oxford, and not by an industry partner. 

Grants must finish by the end date of the MRC award, 31 August 2020. We anticipate small and large applications to this fund.

Please submit the application form online via the Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS)

All activities must take place before 31 August 2020

 

This fund is currently open to applications. Applications will be reviewed in mid-late September, with funds being allocated in October. All activities must take place before 31 August 2020

For all enquiries please email Industry Partnerships Manager Martin Kerr at martin.kerr@medsci.ox.ac.uk

Chair: Professor Matthew Wood

Secretary: Martin Kerr

Members: 

Professor Chas Bountra

Dr Paul Ashley

Dr Adam Stoten

Ms Leila Whitworth