Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership

The Newcastle Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership (NWTTP) aims to increase Newcastle University’s translational activity by providing researchers with mentorship, support and expertise, to advance scientific discoveries towards real world impact.  

The first call, now open for Expressions of Interest, will focus on researchers who are a named applicant on a Wellcome Trust award.  Later rounds will expand to include the translation of high quality research with a clear link to the Wellcome Trust science remit but without the prerequisite for current or recent Wellcome funding.

The programme is funded by the Wellcome Trust until October 2021 and provides:

  • Early Translation Funding of up to £10K to test the feasibility of a project.
  • An Expert Advisory Fund – to enable access to appropriate expertise to overcome specific barriers associated with translational research.
  • A bespoke Translational Explorer Portfolio to include training, shadowing and placements to advance skills and knowledge of the commercial and translational pathway.
  • Mentorship and Guidance by Translators in Residence and Early Translational Research Funding Development Managers.
  • On completion of the above, successful applicants may be invited to prepare a proposal for Proof of Concept funding for a period of up to 12 months.

Please direct informal queries to Dr Amy Brown, Research Funding Development Manager, Experimental Medicine and Translational Research, Newcastle Joint Research Office. 

Call for expressions of interest now open: 27 January - 28 March 2020

To support projects to overcome barriers that exist early in the translation pathway and enable access to the next stage of research and funding.  The intention is NOT to fund an entire project to adoption in a clinical or commercial setting. NWTTP will support a broad range of activities aimed at enabling translational research.

Examples of eligible activity include, but are not limited to:

  • Laboratory studies to gather feasibility data.
  • Analysis of data, application of statistics to develop translational opportunities.
  • Market research, intellectual property reviews, freedom to operate or regulatory guidance.
  • Skills development via secondments, placements, people exchanges, or specialist training.
  • Development of policy and implementation of best practices.

Eligibility: Applications are open to Newcastle University staff and honorary staff members.  The first round of the NWTTP EOIs will prioritise the translation of Wellcome Trust funded research and therefore to be eligible, applicants must be a named applicant on a recent Wellcome Trust grant (excluding the Humanities and Social Science funding scheme).  Future rounds may also consider high quality research with no current or recent Wellcome funding, but with a clear link to the Wellcome science remit. To register interest in future rounds please email WTTranslationalPartnership@newcastle.ac.uk

How to Apply: Please download and complete the Newcastle Wellcome Translational Partnership EOI Form - Jan 2020 (WORD). Email to WTTranslationalPartnership@newcastle.ac.uk

Deadline: Please email completed EOIs to WTTranslationalPartnership@newcastle.ac.uk by 28th March 2020.


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