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Funding opportunities

We invite applications from across the University for accelerator funding. 

Imaging will play a fundamental role in moving from today’s imprecision medicine to precision medicine that ensures the right treatment, at the right time, for the right person.  

The innovation and research required to make this happen spans the full translational pathway from discovery, development, and evaluation to efficacy assessment and implementation. The Precision Imaging Beacon initiative will facilitate and support research to transform diagnosis and enable personalised treatment in mental health and chronic physical health conditions, focusing on diseases that are the major causes of years lived with disability. 

To accelerate progress and research excellence in the first years, we are keen to enable research teams to accelerate the impact of their established work in this area, and to support novel collaborations and international partnerships with potential of transformative global impact.  

Proposals will be considered in all three precision imaging research strands:

  • Discovery: Enabling imaging or computational methodology with demonstrable potential for precision medicine 
  • Transformative diagnosis: Innovative imaging for early, accurate diagnosis of diseases and underlying mechanisms 
  • Personalised treatment: Imaging to facilitate, evaluate and implement precision treatment based on accurate response prediction and effective treatment stratification

We invite applications for accelerator funding now.


Types of funding

Accelerator funding: Substantive grants

Scope: To support excellent research proposals that have already received favourable external reviews from a major funder. For example, passed through triage, received excellent scores from all but one reviewer, but was not funded due to a specific weakness that can be fully addressed through the accelerator scheme.

The scheme is particularly well suited for, but not limited to new investigators. 

Accelerator funding: Major publication  

Scope: To support excellence in research outputs based on work that has already received favourable external or editorial reviews from a major journal, but was not accepted for publication for lack of evidence of a particular aspect of the work, that can be fully addressed through the accelerator scheme.  

Accelerator funding: Strategic

Scope: To support strategic activity i.e. for industry engagement or directly resulting from a Beacon workshop. The form can also be used for workshop organisers to request sandpit funding to be given out at the workshop. This will support novel collaborations with the potential to boost existing excellence in precision imaging research through international collaboration, or to seize exciting research opportunities through new strategic partnerships in emerging areas with demonstrable potential for impact.

Please contact for queries and to obtain an application form. We particularly encourage applications for short-term funding (£10-15K) for 3 months of PDRA time or 6 months stipend as PhDplus for new and strategic industry engagement linked to a specific mid-size project, to prepare a HERMES fellowship or Knowledge Transfer Partnership. 



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