Network membership is free, and offers a number of opportunities:
Funding for sabbatical projects:
We will be supporting a minimum of 15 fully funded sabbaticals during the first three years of the network, where early career researchers (up to 6 years post-PhD) can spend up to 3 months in a different (cross-discipline) laboratory focused on a particular organ-on-a-chip research problem. Funding includes salary for the sabbatical period, up to £5k consumables and a travel/subsistence grant.
Yearly network meeting:
Members will all be invited to our yearly network meeting, offering extensive networking time, alongside exciting keynote talks, and organ-on-a-chip focused sessions. We will also run workshops and focus groups at these events, with the goal of shaping the development of our field and identifying priority funding areas for our sabbaticals.
Support for running meetings & events:
We have a small events budget for which network members who wish to put on additional organ-on-a-chip focused meetings or events can apply
Access to network resources:
Our website incorporates tools to help you find collaborators and learn about the varied ongoing organ-on-a-chip research activity in the UK. This, alongside our newsletter, will also offer you help in identify potential funding sources and opportunities, and discovering the latest research advances across the field.
Lab exchange programme:
We will facilitate the running of a lab exchange programme, offering opportunities for early career researchers to experience different research environments and research sectors.
We also offer a series of training days associated with network events, which will cover leading research activity, translating research towards industrial products and adoption and also public engagement in research.
In particular we offer public engagement training with our professional team at the QMUL Centre for Public Engagement, linked with a fun competition to develop and present a major new public engagement interactive around organ-on-a-chip technologies at major UK science festivals.
Network management team:
There are also various opportunities to get involved with the running of the network, supporting network communication activities or events management.