Bioimaging Technology Development Awards

This award will fund teams of technology developers and users to create novel bioimaging tools at the cell-tissue scale. Successful teams will develop technologies that answer ambitious research questions or that overcome barriers to bioimaging work in low-resource settings.

The teams must aim to make a major contribution to the field of bioimaging by developing novel tools that will either:

  • advance the current state-of-the-art standards in bioimaging, or
  • significantly lower barriers to bioimaging in low-resource settings

The teams and their technological innovations must be guided by a research question that aims to improve understanding of human life, health or wellbeing.

Eligibility: You must be able to demonstrate that you can drive and lead a substantial collaborative research programme focused on technology development. Moreover, you must have the following:

  • international standing as a leader in your field
  • experience of leading innovative and creative research
  • a track record of managing and training others
  • you must be able to contribute at least 20% of your research time to the programme.

Lead applicants must be based at an eligible administering not-for-profit organisation in either the UK, Republic of Ireland, or a Low- and Middle-Income Country (apart from India and mainland China). Co-applicants can be at any career stage and based anywhere in the world apart from mainland China.

Duration of funding: Up to 8 years, spanning two phases: a foundation phase for the first 18 months, followed by a scale-up phase up to a maximum of 6.5 additional years.

Level of funding: Foundation phase: up to £500k; Scale-up phase: you should ask for the resources you need for your programme. You will need to justify this in your application.

Additional information: If your host organisation is in the UK and you have team members who will spend at least 50% of their working time contributing to the award, they may be eligible to apply for a Global Talent visa through the endorsed funder route.

Key dates

  • 16 November 2024: deadline for application at 17:00 pm BST
  • February 2024: shortlisting
  • 30 April-02 May 2024: interviews

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