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The Year Ahead for Biomedical Science & Biotechnology

A version of this article first appeared on Research Professional 04/01/2019.  

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The long-term NHS plan is expected to be published within the next month with medical charities, and medical research organisations hoping it will make it easier for clinicians to conduct research. Meanwhile Industry and Government will start to implement the second life sciences sector deal, including the £1.3 billion investment in UK life sciences.

The Nuffield Council for Bioethics will be replacing members of their council, as their terms come to an end – you have until 28th January to apply (have a look here!). Towards the end of the year they will also be publishing a report on the ethical challenges of global health emergencies.

The MRC will be hiring a clinical director and along with the other eight bodies of UKRI will publish their first strategic delivery plans by the spring.

The Wellcome Trust have updated their priority areas – more to follow on this.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is expected to announce their first cohort of “future leaders” this month for their FLIER leadership programme. They will also be hosting a UK-India antimicrobial resistance symposium in February.

The NHS are hoping to sequence 1 million whole genomes in fives years and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics will be exploring the ethical issues with genome editing farmed animals.


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Multiple Sclerosis Society 2017 Grant Round

The Multiple Sclerosis Society invites applications for its project grants. These support research projects designed to answer a single question or a small group of related questions relevant to MS.

All applications will be organised into either our Care and Services or Biomedical research funding streams. All applications will be judged on scientific merit, relevance to MS and fit with our Research Strategy.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 6 February 2017.

Please visit MS Society for more information.


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Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst

Innovate UK invite proposals for their biomedical catalyst business-led feasibility and early stage studies.

The aim of this competition is to develop innovative healthcare technologies and processes that will help provide:
• disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
• earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease leading to better patient outcomes
• tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

This competition has 2 awards:

• early-stage awards – to test a well-developed concept and show its effectiveness in a relevant environment
• feasibility studies – to explore and test the commercial potential of early-stage ideas

Registration closes on 7th September 2016. Applications must be submitted by 14th September 2016.

For more information, please visit gov.uk.