UCL Therapeutic Innovation Networks


Funding Opportunities

New funding schemes for early career researchers are available for each of the TINs, to support the generation of pilot data for translational research projects.

Biologics TIN Pilot Data Fund (2021)

The Biologics TIN (e.g. monoclonal antibodies, proteins, vaccines, exosomes and oligonucleotides therapies. Excluding cell and gene therapies, repurposing and small molecules) is now inviting applications for £5-20k translational projects of duration up to 6 months. The award is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development.

Early Career Researchers (Postdocs and non-tenured PIs) are invited to apply with an aim to establish data that can be used towards larger bids through internal translational funding (e.g. Therapeutic Acceleration Support Fund, EPSRC IAA) or other external funding sources.


Applicants should complete the form linked below, and submit this to the Biologics TIN panel by email to Laurent Dupays (l.dupays@ucl.ac.uk), by 4th of June 2021. Within this, the applicant should identify where their project sits on the translational path, justify the use of the money and identify where they propose to access further funding should the data prove positive. Applicants should have a PI nominated as a mentor, who will also assist with generating a budget using Worktribe (in the name of the applicant). It is acceptable to access matched funding, but this is not an assessment criterion, and so emphasis should be on the added value that the Pilot Data Scheme award would bring.
Shortlisted applicants will be expected to pitch their proposals in 2 minutes, followed by 10mins Q&A by the panel, at a Dragon’s Den style event in July 2021 on Teams. The panel will consist of academic and industrial members, and the information presented should be non-confidential. The successful applicants will be announced shortly after the event.

As part of the ACCELERATE translational training programme, applicants (and prospective applicants) can access support with grant writing for innovation grants - we strongly recommend that applicants attend the upcoming workshop on 27 May 2021; for more information and to register, click here.

Application form

For more information about the scheme and to apply, please download and complete an application form and return it by 4th June 2021, sending any questions to Biologics TIN Coordinator Dr Laurent Dupays (l.dupays@ucl.ac.uk). 

Download the Biologics TIN Pilot Data Scheme 2021 Application Form