UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Clone of Hub Academic Feasibility Studies

Academic Feasibility Study funding was awarded to UKRI-eligible academic researchers for projects that complement the Hub’s core research programme and broaden the impact of current work to new areas

UKRI-eligible academic researchers are invited to submit proposals for feasibility studies that test or demonstrate the potential of new approaches, tools, technologies, analytics, data analysis and management, or process operations, or activities that broaden the impact of current work into new areas. The Hub will provide £20-45k to support projects of 3 to 6 months duration, funds can be used towards Directly Incurred costs: salary (recently submitted PhD students when studentship funding has come to an end, staff, RAs, PDRAs or technicians), consumables and small travel items, but not overheads and estates costs. On conclusion, recipients are expected to provide a high-level report for the Hub consortium outlining the potential of the technology or approach that has been investigated and the plans for future development.

Studies should fit the remit of the FTHM Hub and successful projects are expected to generate tangible outputs that could include one or more of the following: 

  • Preliminary data that is then used to apply for further funding. 
  • Publication or white paper that demonstrates study results in a wider context.
  • Proof-of-concept data that can be used to develop a business case

Academic Feasibility Studies previously awarded:

Examples of Academic Feasibility Studies
PartnersProject Title

University of Manchester Department of Chemistry


Site-specific F-19 labelling of amino acids in proteins during cell-free synthesis, for NMR analysis of protein folding, assembly and aggregation

University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School

Development of case-studies to demonstrate the impact of NICE cost-effectiveness assessment on fair pricing for targeted medicines

UCL Biosciences, Cell & Developmental Biology


Identification of novel universal therapeutic targets for treating multiple types of breast cancer

UCL Cancer Trials Centre


Cancer trials data evaluation

Application Process

Academic Feasibility Studies are awarded competitively. The application form is designed to be simple and straightforward to complete, comprising just three pages for submission of the a detailed work plan, milestones, deliverables and finances (see proposal form). Applicants are responsible for completing institutional research risk assessments and, where necessary, ethics approvals. Applications will be via a 1-stage process and decisions made by a committee of Hub Executive Team members. The deadline for submissions is 15th September 2021, with successful proposals announced in October 2021.