Proof of Concept Awards (PoCAs)
Results of November 2019 Call
The eight successful projects are as follows:
Principal Investigator: Dr Angus Wann
Institution: Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, NDORMS, University of Oxford
Project title: Visualising the peri-ciliary clearance of proteases
Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Pitsillides
Institution: Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, University of London
Project title: A new ‘phase’ dawns in contrast imaging: visualisation of joint soft and hard tissues
Principal Investigator: Professor Christine Le Maitre
Institution: Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics Research Group, Biomolecular Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
Project title: Hierarchical morphometric analysis of normal and degenerate intervertebral disc under physiological load
Principal Investigator: Professor Geoff Parker
Institution: Centre for Medical Imaging Computing (CMIC), Computer Science, University College London
Project title: High-resolution imaging of co-electrohydrodynamics (co-EHD) enabled hollow polymeric microstructures
Principal Investigator: Professor Angus Kirkland
Institution: Department of Materials, Oxford University and Rosalind Franklin Institute
Project title: Multibeam SEM for the quantitative characterisation of musculoskeletal disease
Principal Investigator: Dr Alessandro Borghi
Institution: Developmental Biology and Cancer, GOS Institute of Child Health (ICH), University College London
Project title: Cranial bone microarchitecture in a mouse model for syndromic craniosynostosis
Principal Investigator: Dr Tan Sui
Institution: Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, University of Surrey
Project title: Multi-scale structural and mechanical characterisation in bioinspired polyurethane-based artificial human skin
Principal Investigator: Dr Junning Chen
Institution: Engineering, University of Exeter
Project title: Multiscale Correlative Imaging of the Intervertebral Disc Elastic Network
November 2019 Call Description
The ImagingBioPro network has funding for up to 18 exchanges to stimulate inter-disciplinary research on imaging of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal processes, with a core focus on using the UK’s Large Facilities (e.g. Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron Source, and the Central Laser Facilities). These PoCAs will cover up to 2-months PDRA salary and £3500 for research consumables, travel and subsistence.
Funding is available to IBP members only. Membership is free and you can register here.
- Funding value of up to 2-month PDRA salary (at UCL rate: £17.5k, including overheads)
- £1500 for research consumables and £2000 for travel and subsistence.
- Funding is paid at 80% fEC under normal UKRI terms and conditions.
- Up to 10 PoCAs available - Total value of each PoCA: ~£21k
- Interdisciplinary collaborations - Applications must involve at least two disciplines and have clearly defined deliverables and impact.
- Early Career Researcher (ECR) engagement is strongly encouraged
- The applicant researcher(s) must work in a host laboratory, different to their current place of work.
- Minimum of 2 investigators on a project (one from the home and one from the host institute)
- Project must be completed within six months of the award being granted
- All funds awarded in this funding round must be spent by 1st July 2020. All invoices for spend to be submitted by 24th July 2020.
- Please download PoCAs_Funding_Application_Form.
- Completed applications should be emailed to Imagingbiopro@gmail.com and include in the subject – PoCA Application
- Application deadline for first round: closed
- A decision will be announced 2 months after application deadline
- For more info please read: PoCAs Funding Guidance for Applicants
The applications will be judged on their fit to the following criteria:
- Scientific excellence
- Use of large facilities
- Fit to Technologies Touching Life remit
- Involvement of early career researchers
- At least one academic partner or a UKRI funded partner (ie. Large facilities).
- Clear future impacts
- Likelihood to lead to further funding
All publications arising from these exchanges should acknowledge the MRC/EPSRC/BBSRC ImagingBioPro grant (MR/R025673/1). (E.g. state "This work was funded in part by the MRC/EPSRC/BBSRC ImagingBioPro grant MR/R025673/1").