Applications are welcomed for the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award. The scheme provides initial support of up to £30,000 to test the feasibility of a project (max 12 months), enabling applicants to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party. This award is designed to promote innovation and fill the funding gap between scientific research and the exploitation of an idea through venture capital investment, in the general areas of electrotechnology and biomedical sciences.
The Brian Mercer Feasibility Award is open to applicants of any nationality who have a PhD (or are of equivalent standing in their profession), who hold a substantive post in a UK university or not-forprofit research organisation and who will be in post for at least the duration of the project. The project must commence within three months of the date of notification. Applicants may make only one application per round. Applications from individuals or groups who already have established contacts with industrial or commercial collaborators are particularly encouraged.
Deadline for applications: These awards now operate on a rolling basis. There is no closing date as such, and applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their proposals as soon as possible.
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*Please note – all applications must go through your Research Facilitation team