Connect Immune Research Lab Placement Grants
A message from the Connect Immune Research partners
In light of the current SARS-CoV-2 virus outbreak, the Connect Immune Research partners have decided to pause this grant scheme and not accept any new applications until such a time when travel restrictions are lifted. This scheme is an important part of our work to bring the autoimmune research community together; however, after carefully reviewing the situation, we feel that pausing this scheme is the responsible option at this time. We encourage researchers to use this time to connect virtually if possible and we are currently looking into options for how we can facilitate this.
Connect Immune Research is a partnership between JDRF, the MS Society, Versus Arthritis and the British Society for Immunology to bring about a joined-up approach to autoimmune research. Our lab placement grants, jointly funded by all four organisations, aim to provide financial support to early-career researchers to undertake a formal placement at a selected laboratory to learn a new skill/technique or to carry out experiments essential to a project. In the spirit of Connect Immune Research, all placements should demonstrate cross-condition relevance in the field of autoimmune research to promote networking and the sharing of skills and knowledge between researchers who focus on different autoimmune conditions.
It is open to autoimmune researchers from year 2 of their PhD up to and including those with 5 years’ postdoctoral experience. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to fund an overseas placement and of up to £1,000 to fund a UK-based placement.
The application deadline for the first round of grants is Tuesday 31 March 2020.
JDRF/MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships
We are delighted to announce a new partnership between JDRF and the MRC. These Fellowships support clinically active professionals within the UK to undertake a higher research degree in the field of type 1 diabetes research. The scheme can also provide post-doctoral funding for applicants who achieved their PhD more than five years ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments.
Call opening: 13 February 2020
Closing date: 1 April 2020 16:00 GMT
Triage/Shortlisting: October 2020
Interviews: 17-18 November 2020
Triage/shortlisting for the last call (July 2019) will take place 3 February 2020 with interviews to be held 3 – 4 March 2020.
The application process is managed by the MRC. You can read further information on the Clinical Research Training Fellowships website.
JDRF UK Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Communication stipend
This award is intended to provide JDRF Postdoctoral Fellowships, in the UK, with additional research communication opportunities and a competitive salary rate based on the standard university salary bands in the UK.
All UK-based researchers who are awarded a JDRF Postdoctoral Fellowship are eligible for this stipend, however, please note that it is not guaranteed. We suggest that UK applicants applying for a JDRF Postdoctoral Fellowship, who wish to be considered for one of these additional stipends, should contact the UK-based research team as early in their application as possible.
The stipend is for up to £15,000 per year of the Postdoctoral Fellowship. Please be aware that the stipend is not detailed in the Fellow’s award letter from JDRF.
Once a JDRF Fellowship in the UK is approved, the UK team is notified and they will then contact the awardee directly to discuss the research communication aspects of the scheme. The skill level of the Fellow and their particular areas of interest, will be identified and specific opportunities including appropriate training/mentoring will be offered. Please note that the stipend is dependent on the Fellow’s participation in research communication events and on-going communication with the Research Communication Manager at JDRF UK.
The UK-based research team can be contacted on 020 7713 2030, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JDRF/UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP2)
We are delighted to announce a new partnership between JDRF and the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform. This call will support pre-clinical research projects which focus on tractable challenges on the path towards translation. The goal of the Platform is to unlock scientific knowledge and produce tools, reagents and approaches which are applicable to a broad range of diseases. Proposals with direct applicability to type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis are particularly encouraged, reflecting the key partnerships with JDRF and the MS Society in this call.
Please find the full details of the call here.
Funding decision: JDRF will be co-funding the project from Dr Dr Rocio Sancho, King’s College London, entitled “PEG-based hydrogels for IPSCs-Derived Regenerative Therapies for Diabetes”