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Rosetrees Interdisciplinary Prize 2018

9 November 2017

Rosetrees Interdisciplinary Prize 2018 to stimulate collaborative research between Medicine and either Chemistry or Physics

Rosetrees Trust announced the launch of their Interdisciplinary Prize 2018, now in its fifth year. This funding call is open to invited institutions only with the aim of developing collaborative studies between researchers in different fields resulting in breakthroughs that have real potential to improve human health.  The award is worth up to £250,000 over 3 years, and can be used to support any aspect of the proposed research. 

Guidelines for applications:

1. Applications should be truly interdisciplinary in nature – and clearly represent collaboration between two different departments.

2. Applications can relate to any disease or medical condition which affects a significant proportion of the population.

3. The length of application is limited to 5 pages inclusive of supporting figures.

4.  A 500 word summary

6. Applications should outline the following:

  • Project background – identifying the problem, the aim of the study and translational impact
  • Researchers involved, nature of interdisciplinarity and relevant experience of applicants
  • Plan of research study – what is involved & approach to be taken
  • Milestones & Expected Cost (does not need to be a complete breakdown, just statement of how money will be used i.e. salary, PhD studentships or consumables)  

7. Applications will be reviewed by external experts who can comment on the specific area of work. The applications and expert reports will then be submitted to an overall review panel. A range of criteria will be assessed including:

  • experience and track record of the researchers
  • importance of the research
  • the interdisciplinarity of the project
  • impact of the research and potential for future clinical benefit
  • whether the scale and nature of funding is appropriate 

 There is no limit to the number of applicants, but two lead applicants should be named. The two main leads must come from two disciplines in the same institution (University of Bristol)

 Only one application per institution is allowed 

Internal application process for the University of Bristol researchers: 

-       If you are interested in this opportunity please complete an outline application form available to download here Rosetrees Prize internal application form (Office document, 76kB) summarising your idea and return the completed form to Nina Couzin by Thursday 10am 7 December 2017

-       Internal applications will be reviewed by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and you will be notified by mid December 2017 whether you are invited to submit a full proposal to the Trust. 

The deadline for full applications to the Rosetrees Trust is midnight on Wednesday 28th February 2018. The winner will be announced in June 2018

Summary of the full documentation required for the full submission (by 28 February 2018): 

  • a 500 word summary
  • a five page technical report suitable for a panel of academics
  • letter(s) of support from Dean(s) of Research /relevant Faculty heads for the chosen institutional application
  • max 2 page CVs of the two lead researchers & relevant publications
  • Summary of cost breakdown 

Previous winners of the Rosetrees Interdisciplinary Prize are: 


Further information

Find out more about Rosetree Trust here.  

Any questions please contact Nina Couzin

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