Enterprise Development

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded Confidence in Concept scheme is now open for applications, with up to £50k of support available per project. Queen’s was one of 14 UK research intensive Universities to be awarded the funding in January 2015. The Biomedical Catalyst programme, is a programme of public funding designed to deliver growth to the UK Life Sciences sector. Delivered jointly by the MRC and the Technology Strategy Board, the Catalyst is a key feature of the UK Government’s Life Sciences Strategy.

A key component of the Biomedical Catalyst programme, and aligned with the MRC’s Translational Research Strategy, is the MRC Confidence in Concept scheme. The scheme is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.

This year’s MRC CIC will focus specifically on Drug Formulation and Drug Delivery applications

Projects should aim to provide sufficient preliminary data to establish the viability of an approach to, for example, provide confidence in the underlying concept before seeking more substantive funding from sources such as the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme/ Developmental Clinical Studies (DPFS/ DCS) or external investment from commercial partners. Funding for Confidence in Concept projects, lasting up to 12 months, is capped at £50k of support to eligible costs. The application form, including guidance on selection criteria, can be found attached.

The application process is outlined as follows:

  • If you are considering an application, please arrange a meeting to discuss your idea with your nominated contact within the Commercial Development team (re@qub.ac.uk)
  • The Commercial Development team will inform the Research Support Office team of all potential applications (r.jordan@qub.ac.uk or Colleen.Spence@qub.ac.uk)
  • A member of staff from the Research Support Office will be assigned to support your application and will contact you to advise and assist in costing the project
  • Completed application forms should returned to re@qub.ac.uk by 1 pm on Wednesday 1st April 2015.
  • The final decision on supported projects will be made by the CiC Assessment Panel. It is anticipated that decisions on awards will be issued by the  3rd week of April 2015.

There will be lunch time MRC CIC workshop/clinic @1pm on  Friday 13th at  the seminar room 1st Floor 63 University Rd. If you intend to attend inform in advance to  re@qub.ac.uk