Centre for Statistics

Collaborative Project Funding: Biomedicine Call

Seed funding for collaborative projects between biomedicine and statistics with the Centre for Statistics.

The Centre for Statistics offers the opportunity to bid for small ‘pump-priming’ grants to facilitate the development of interdisciplinary research proposals overlapping  biomedicine and statistics.

Submissions should be sent to DirectorCfS@ed.ac.uk  by 8th July with subject "Application: Seed Funding". Queries about this call, including requests for being helped to establish links between groups, can be also directed to the same email address. 

Conditions of Award
  • Circa £18,000 is expected to be available from CfS for this call, to fund three or four small projects.
  • Proposals will be judged by the board of the CfS and results will be notified three weeks after the deadline.
  • A report on the outcomes of the funding must be delivered to the Director at the end of the project.
  • Any publications that arise from work supported by this seed funding should acknowledge support from the CfS.
  • Grant applications arising from work supported by CfS seed funding should include requests for support for collaborative activities within the University Edinburgh that can be advertised as CfS events.
Eligibility of funding
  • The proposal must be a collaborative project with statistical aspects at its core and at least two Schools must be involved.

  • The proposal must demonstrate novelty, in statistical methodology or in applications.

  • The proposal should strengthen the case for a future grant application.
  • Proposals must demonstrate a high likelihood that the investment will help establish a long term research collaboration. The intention is not to fund the completion of an existing piece of work, a short one-off project or purely speculative research. The resources requested must represent good value for money. We encourage applicants to explore additional/matched funding from other schools to strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration. 
Format of the proposal

Up to 4 sides of A4, detailing:

  • The activity that the funding will cover.
  • Describe statistical aspects of the projects and novelty of the project (e.g. novel statistical methodology to be developed, or novel aspects of application of existing statistical methods to a new application).

  • A clear description of how this work will progress a joint project (e.g. by assessing its feasibility, or otherwise strengthening the case for a future grant application).
  • A description of the longer term (2-5 year) vision for the development of the research collaboration.
  • How success will be measured, e.g., submitting a proposal to an anticipated future grant call, PhD scholarship and/or publications.
  • Only direct costs can be covered. Examples of covered costs include consultancy time from the Statistical Consultancy Unit or PhD interruptions to work in the proposed project.