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Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network



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Organ-on-a-Chip Network and Emulate Proof of Concept Award

The UK organ-on-a-chip Network and Emulate, Inc. are pleased to offer Network members the opportunity to apply for a Proof of Concept Award to use a brand new core facility at Queen Mary University of London, The Queen Mary-Emulate Organs on Chips Centre.

The total initiative, generously supported by Emulate, consists of approximately £100k of funding and provides access to £120,000 of state-of-the-art organ-chip technology available at the The Queen Mary-Emulate Organs on Chips Centre. Further information

This initiative will operate a rolling call, application deadlines are as follows:
15 September 2020/1 March 2021/1 September 2021/1 March 2022

UKRI: Citizen science collaboration grant

This call will support multidisciplinary research collaborations that spread citizen science methods into new fields of research and involve citizens to address societally-relevant challenges.

Further information and application. Closing date: 4pm, 9 September 2020, award offered up to £375,000

UK Organ-on-a-chip Network special announcement – Emulate Covid-19 Initiative

Emulate, Inc is participating in the Organs-on-Chips against COVID-19 initiative (#OoCovid) and donating a set of Organ-Chips to the UK Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network. This donation will enable researchers to use the chips for COVID-19 research to help accelerate development of therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2.

The repositioning and repurposing of drugs is an essential feature of current efforts to find treatments for COVID-19. Emulate’s current commercial products include the Liver-Chip, Proximal Tubule Kidney-Chip, and Intestine-Chip models. These models have the potential to provide key data on the safety and toxicity of drug candidates to improve translation of preclinical animal data and as such can increase confidence in phase I clinical trials. Additionally, Emulate has also developed an Alveolus Lung-Chip and an Airway Lung-Chip.

Network members are eligible to apply to use these chips through the new QM-Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre based at Queen Mary University of London and supported by a dedicated Centre Scientist who will help design and run your experiments:

Please complete the application form available to download at:

Completed application forms should be returned to QMUL-Emulate Organ-on-Chip Centre ( by the deadline of 4th August 2020.

Rosetrees Trust: Seedcorn applications

Seedcorn awards are aimed at enabling researchers to advance innovative and novel ideas related to prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of human diseases. Applicants are expected to have a novel hypothesis and some preliminary data that can be developed to form the basis of larger grant applications.

Further information and application Closing date: 31 August 2020, award offered up to 15K for 12 - 18 months

Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Further information

Innovation Scholars secondments

UKRI invites applications for individuals from any discipline wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part time) on secondment in the biomedical sciences sector.

Proposals can come from any discipline but either the seconding or host organisation must be a business within the biomedical sciences sector (such as pharmaceutical, biotech, devices, biomedical engineering or diagnostics).

The objectives of the call are to:

  • create porosity between sectors by enabling career mobility
  • boost the skills, knowledge and career development of people
  • intensify knowledge exchange between the biomedical industry and academia
  • add value to the Biomedical Sciences sector and the UK economy by increasing productivity

Hw to apply

This call is hosted on the Innovation Funding Service. Full details are at the links below.

There are 3 identical streams, which open on the same date but have different close dates:

Further information

Royal Society award: International Exchanges

These schemes are for scientists based in the UK who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

Application deadline round 1: 3pm, Thursday 12 March 2020. Further information

CRACK IT 2020: Call for Challenges

Could your organisation sponsor the next CRACK IT Challenge to improve R&D and reduce reliance on animal models?

Since 2011, CRACK IT has showcased 34 Challenges, invested almost £25 million and connected more than 250 organisations from industry and academia in projects to develop innovative products that address bioscience needs using 3Rs approaches.

The NC3Rs is now inviting submissions from Sponsors of new CRACK IT Challenges for the 2020 competition.

Please see further information. The deadline for new Challenge submissions is 2 March 2020.

Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

This scheme is for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties.

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.

Application deadline: Wednesday 5 February 2020 at 15.00hrs. Further information and application.

BMA Foundation for Medical Research- Research Funding

Some grants are available to research scientists and non-member doctors. The rest of the grants are open to BMA members only.

Submission deadline: 6 March 2020 at 11.59hrs. Further information and application.

Take part in I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here! 9 - 20 March 2020

I’m a Scientist is an online activity where school students connect with real scientists about real science. It’s a competition between scientists, where students are the judges.

Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the scientists anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

How to take part

Cancer Research UK - Pioneer Award

Grants for novel ideas from any discipline - the Pioneer Award funds innovative, higher risk ideas, from any discipline, that could revolutionise our understanding of cancer.

Next submission deadline is 7 January 2020 - awards offered up to £200,000 up to 2 years

Further information and application

Wellcome Innovator Awards

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Level of funding: Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations.

Duration of funding: Usually up to 24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations.

Apply on line any time. See award information

The Lush Prize

The Lush Prize offers a global prize fund to support initiatives to end or replace animal testing.There are five award categories: Lobbying, Training, Public Awareness, Science, and Young Researchers.It is the largest prize fund in the non-animal testing sector, awarding £250,000.

Entries for the 2020 Prize are now open and will close on 6th December 2019.

We accept entries from anywhere in the world, for projects which have taken place anywhere in the world.

2019 CRACK IT Challenges announced

The 2019 CRACK IT Challenges are now live. This year's competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. Funding is provided by the NC3Rs and in-kind contributions are provided the Sponsors. There are seven Sponsors (AstraZeneca, Bayer, GSK, Novartis, The Royal Veterinary College, Takeda and The University of Sheffield).

Full details of the Challenges and Sponsors can be found here.

They are hosting an event to launch the competition in central London on 11 September 2019, providing invaluable access to potential new partners and to the Challenge Sponsors. Networking at the event is intended to stimulate discussion between applicants and Sponsors to help put together a winning application.

The launch event is free to attend but registration is essential.

Register for the launch event via the NC3Rs Innovation Platform before 4 September 2019.

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) - latest funding opportunity opens 29 July 2019

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) gives UK businesses access to cutting-edge R&D, expertise and facilities to help solve analysis or measurement problems that can't be cracked using standard technologies and techniques. This popular funding programme is aimed at businesses of any size and, in the first instance, you only need explain your problem to apply.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. A4I has funded more than 100 projects.

Details of Round 5 are now announced:

For more information

Cancer Research UK - Multidisciplinary Project Award

The aim of these awards is to generate creative research ideas and explore their applicability in cancer research. These awards are awarded jointly between Principal Investigators (PI) from engineering/physical science disciplines, and PIs who are working in cancer research.

Preliminary submission deadline is 1 August 2019. Award offered up to £500,000 up to four years duration.

Find out about this award.

BBSRC - TRDF Transformative Research Technologies

The aim of the call is to support the early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact transformative research technologies based on new advances in fundamental engineering, physical and life sciences which are essential to sustaining the vibrancy of life sciences discovery research in the UK. These technology developments should offer the potential of a step-change in the state-of-the-art for the given field.

Application deadline is 16.00 hrs, 17 September 2019. Award offered up to £150,000 for duration of 6- 12 months.

Find out about this award.

Animal Free Research UK

Grants awarded to research with a focus on the development of non-animal technologies and human relevant methods to advance human health.

  • PhD studentships or postdoctoral research associates: up to three years of funding.
  • One-year pilot studies: funding up to £5,000.

Apply now: Application deadline: 2 August 2019

Rosetrees Trust Project Grant

These awards are aimed at developing more progressed research and can be used to fund salaries, consumables and other running costs. Funding available for small (up to £30k per annum) and large project grants (up to £80k per annum).

Find out more about this grant. Next submission deadline: 31 July 2019

Wellcome Collaborative Awards in Science

Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

Next application deadline is 20 August 2019. Funding awards offered up to £4 million for up to 5 years.

Find out more about this award.

BHF New Horizons Grants

To encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field, and to develop new technologies, models or methodologies.

Examples of such collaborations includes cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc.

No closing date. Funding offered up to £300,000 for up to 3 years.

Find out more about this grant.

NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards - Call 18

Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Award (PDA) that funds the development of disruptive early stage medical technologies which address existing or emerging healthcare needs. i4i PDA supports translational projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.

Next submission deadline is 1pm, 5 June 2019. Offering between £50,000-£150,000 over a 6-12 month period, its primary aim is to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding.

Find out more about this award.

Animal Free Research UK Summer Student Programme now CLOSED

Animal Free Research UK are accepting applications to their Summer Student Programme from researchers who would like funding to supervise an undergraduate student to advance medical science by conducting an 8-week animal free research project in their own laboratory.

Research projects must show the potential to replace any regulated animal experiment in the UK – projects with the potential to replace the use of cats, dogs or primates are particularly welcomed. Research that requires or involves the use of animals (defined for this purpose as any organism of the Kingdom Animalia, excluding humans) or any animal-derived biomaterials in any way, even though the ultimate aim may be to replace their use, will not be supported.

Funding up to £2000 is available, which covers a student stipend of £180 per week to support living costs and a consumables budget of up to £560. Grant holders do not need to be tenured or have a permanent contract – postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, PhD researchers, technicians or laboratory managers are also eligible to apply to supervise a Summer Student.

The Summer Student Programme also includes a unique Summer School for students, held on 21st-23rd August. Summer Students will receive additional training in science communication, careers guidance and the opportunity to network and present their summer research project in the form of a poster presentation at a celebration evening event.

Applications will be accepted until the deadline at 17:00 on Friday 1st March. Full application criteria, guidance and terms & conditions can be found on the application pages (

The Microfluidic Circle competition - The Prototyping Grant 2019

Upon successful completion of two previous rounds of The Microfluidic Circle competition, we are pleased to announce the opening of the application process for The Prototyping Grant 2019. We have been impressed by the outstanding quality of the submitted applications over past years and we believe that this year will not be any different.

This no strings attached Prototyping Grant was created for start-ups or emerging companies who have a novel product with a microfluidic component in it. The winners of the Prototyping Grant will obtain free design and fabrication services from uFluidix for the development of their microfluidic prototypes.

The dollar value of offered services in USD 50,000 for one year.

» Find out more about this grant

NC3Rs - Skills and Knowledge Transfer grants

Supports the adoption of alternative, novel 3Rs models, tools and technologies within routine research practice, through the transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise. Awards are for up to 24 months, up to £75k (80% FEC). The scheme is currently open to applications.

NC3Rs - CRACK IT Solutions

A technology partnering hub and funding scheme to accelerate the translation of technologies with 3Rs potential ('Solutions') by helping to identify new partners and customers to use, develop and validate the technology. This is particularly good at connecting academics with potential industry end-users of the technology. Submit your solutions!