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Proximity to Discovery Fund

Proximity to Discovery Fund

This award supports collaborations between academia and industry.

The Medical Research Council manages the Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund. Its aim is to provide flexible funding enabling the development of academic-industry collaborations.

At Newcastle we use the fund to:

  • support the NU Innovates Seminar series
  • support applications made via a reactive funding scheme
  • case events in Oncology and Dermatology
  • help incoming and outgoing placements
  • develop technology jumping 


This scheme is open to receive applications at any time. It helps to:

  • fund travel
  • accommodation costs
  • meeting expenses (where no external funding schemes exist for this purpose)

This allows researchers to work towards collaborating with industry and pharma contacts. Typical awards could reach up to £5,000.

We contact applicants as soon as we reach a decision, and within one month of submission. Each applicant receives feedback.

The following consider all applications:

  • Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Chief Investigator on the Medical Research Council Institutional award 
  • Geraint Lewis, Head of FMS Enterprise
  • Diane Livingstone, Programme Manager 
  • other members of the Faculty's Enterprise team

Get in touch

Informal enquiries to, or call (0191 20) 86944.

Apply now using our online form.