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Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network


Pump Priming Project Funding -Closed

Maximum funding per project: £30-40k (100% fEC*)
Deadline: 16.00hrs, Monday 16 November 2020.


With a total budget of £187K, the final round of pump priming project funding is now available to Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies (OOACT) Network members. The primary goal of this pump priming funding scheme is:

  • To leverage additional funding to drive forward research in organ-on-a-chip technology and predictive in vitro models.

Therefore we expect that applicants to articulate a clear plan of how this pump priming funding will be used to support a specific grant application.

As with other Network funding, this call aims:

  • To integrate research activity across traditional research disciplines - see the Technology Touching Lives (TTL) UKRI initiative
  • To stimulate multidisciplinary collaborations between network members

Research scope may cover development, validation or use of organ-on-a chip and other in vitro models and microphysiological systems.

Funding call streams

The funding call will operate with the following 2 streams:

Open call: Maximum award £30k (100% fEC*)

Sandpit projects: Some funding will be ring-fenced to provide pump priming project funding to support large grant applications (>£1M) developed via the invited OOACT Network sandpit event (September 2020). Maximum award £40k (100% fEC*)

* All funding is provided at 80% fEC

All invoices from funded projects to be submitted before Friday 13 August 2021.  


Applications must be academic led with all applicants members of the OOACT Network. Membership is free and can be obtained by registering. Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) engagement is strongly encouraged in the application process.

How to apply

Please see application documents:

The deadline for receipt of project applications is 16.00hrs, Monday 16 November 2020. Applications must be emailed to Julia Coffey, OOACT network administrator at

Other Useful information

The Funding Prioritisation Panel meeting will be held on 15 December and applicants will be notified of outcome shortly after.