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[Closes 5 Dec 2017] TRDF: Transformative Research Technologies

Support for early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact research technologies. Co-funded by EPSRC and MRC


The latest developments in technologies and computational tools continue to revolutionise life sciences research. The Tools and Resources Development Fund (TRDF) aims to pump prime the next generation of cutting-edge enabling research technologies with a potential for transformative impact in life sciences research (both biological and biomedical). A fast-track, light touch peer review process will operate to enable researchers to respond rapidly to emerging challenges and opportunities.

2017 TRDF

There will only be a single TRDF call in 2017, supporting instrumentation, tools, and software relevant to Technology Touching Life (see related links). The call is intended to pump prime development of early stage research technologies for discovery research in the life sciences. The call has an indicative total budget up to £3.5 million, subject to the quality of the applications received. The budget includes significant co-funding from EPSRC and MRC as part of our commitment to collaborative working through Technology Touching Life (TTL).

Applications should be between six and eighteen months duration and are not expected to exceed £150,000 (£187,000 fEC). All applications must have a start date no earlier than 1 July 2018.

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