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The iTPA translational funding pathway

Funding early-stage projects

iTPA funding


The iTPA includes a complete early-stage funding pathway. From stimulating new ideas with the Translational Innovation Competition, through enabling early proof-of-concept with the Springboard Fund, supporting more advanced proof-of-concept with the Accelerator Fund and enabling the development of impact-driven projects with the Impact Fund.

We focus on and are keen to hear from postdocs (please discuss with your PI first) early career researchers and those new to translation. We encourage collaboration or interaction with clinicians, the NHS and industry from as early as possible. We are interested in projects with a clear clinical or commercialisation potential but balance this with projects that have the potential to impact human health and wellbeing in other ways.

Candidate projects can be considered for any stage of the pathway and get added support throughout to progress to the next translational step by securing more external or internal funding, as well as develop establish or further develop clinical and/or industry collaborations.


Translational Innovation Competition

A personal award of £1,000 to seed or validate the translational side of your research.

More information about the Translational Innovation Competition


Springboard Fund

A £5,000 grant to fund the further development of early-stage ideas, e.g. by enabling proof-of-principle or early proof-of-concept.

More information about the Springboard Fund


Accelerator Fund

A £20,000 grant to fund proof-of-principle and stimulate future translation.

More information about the Accelerator Fund 


Impact Fund

A £50,000 grant is offered in conjunction with dedicated Entrepreneur-in-Residence support to develop impact-driven projects delivering human health benefits.

More information about the Impact Fund 


The funding is exclusively available to the members of Translational Hub, which is open and free to join for all University staff.


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Why not apply for the Harmonised IAA funding call?

New funding is available for impact or translational projects between £20k to £60k, for up to 12 months, that include at least two researchers representing separate council remits (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC/ Wellcome Trust). 

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