Translational Research Office (TRO)


Funding Opportunities

There are a number of translational funding opportunities available to UCL and Partner researchers both internally and externally. These funds differ from standard project grants by being milestone driven with clear go/no go decision criteria which require active project management.

The TRO has extensive knowledge of the MRC, Wellcome Trust and NIHR translational funding schemes, and we aim to advise and help researchers identify the most suitable scheme for their project. 

Open Opportunities:

Therapeutic Accelerations Support (TAS) Fund - Call 6 OPENS: 16th September

Deadline for Applications: Friday 11th October 2019, 5pm 

The UCL Therapeutic Acceleration Support (TAS) Fund is supported by the MRC Confidence in Concept scheme, Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and the three Biomedical Research Centres (BRC) affiliated with UCL - University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) BRC, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) BRC and Moorfields BRC. 

It aims to accelerate the transition from discovery science to the early stages of therapeutic development by providing responsive and flexible funding to support preliminary translational work.

The scheme expects to typically fund individual projects in the range of £60-75K (directly incurred costs only) for up to 12 months.

Remit of this Call

All modalities of therapy and diagnostics including engineering/medical technology and bioinformatics approaches can be submitted for consideration. Applications from across the breadth of diseases researched in UCL and its partner hospitals will be welcomed.

For further details, download the application form and applicant guidance information

Enquiries about the scheme should be addressed to Dr Simon Eaglestone (simon.eaglestone@ucl.ac.uk) in the Translational Research Office.

Previous Opportunities:

Industrial Connectivity Awards - closing date 15th September 2019

UCL TRO invites members of the UCL community to apply for funding under the Proximity-to-Discovery award which was granted to the TRO from the MRC. The Industry Connectivity Awards are suitable for UCL researchers looking to promote their engagement with industry. 

Key Dates 

  • Submission Deadline = 15th September 2019
  • Funding decision = Within 4 weeks of submission
  • Proposed project start date = Projects must be completed by 31st March 2020 (no extensions possible)

For additional information, details on how to apply to download an application form, please click here.