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Simcyp Grant and Partnership Scheme
Following the overwhelming response and high standard of applications received for the 2011 Simcyp Grant and Partnership Scheme, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be inviting preliminary applications for the 2012/13 call between 1st August – 24th September 2012.
Simcyp is committed to supporting research at academic centres of excellence and not-for-profit institutions. In recent years we have been proud to contribute to research on an ad-hoc basis in partnership with our academic associates. Following the success of these collaborations, and an increase in interest in matters relating to in vitro – in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE) and mechanistic PKPD, we are inviting applications for funding for PhD studentships or Post-Doctoral research.
Academic institutions working in the areas of pharmacokinetics, in vitro-in vivo extrapolation (absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination and transporters), paediatric pharmacology, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modelling and pharmacogenetics are invited to submit research proposals. A maximum of £30,000 per annum is available for PhD studentships up to three years in duration or £50,000 per annum for Post-Doctoral research up to two years in duration. Eligible institutions are those who hold a valid Simcyp academic license* at the time the applications are reviewed. An institution can submit applications up to the number of research licenses held (e.g. 2 academic research licenses, a maximum of 2 applications). The purpose of the funding is to endorse research at leading academic institutions and not-for-profit organisations that hold a Simcyp academic license. Successful proposals will be those that demonstrate the application of the Simcyp Simulator through performance verification via clinical studies or by gathering in vitro data that informs Simcyp simulations.
Research scientists working on successful projects are also provided the opportunity to undertake a sabbatical at Simcyp to work on the project with the support of the Research and Development team. The costs of this, including travel and accommodation, should be factored into the proposal as extra funding will not be provided. Applications will be reviewed by an internal panel of experts along with representatives from our Consortium member companies.
Interested institutions should note the following eligibility criteria:
- Institutions must have a successful track record in the area of proposed research.
- Institutions must hold a valid Simcyp academic license at the time the application is reviewed and work concerning the project cannot be sub-contracted.
- A maximum of £30,000 per annum is available for PhD studentships (up to three years in duration) or £50,000 for per annum Post-Doctoral research (up to two years in duration). Applications requesting more than these amounts will not be considered.
Applications will be assessed on:
- Scientific merit and feasibility of the proposal (e.g. clear objectives, feasibility of project).
- Track record of the institution and department (e.g. scientific experience and expertise in proposed area of research).
- Scientific justification of budget and timeline (e.g. achievability of proposed timeline).
- The institution’s previous utilisation of in vitro-in vivo extrapolation techniques will also be taken into account.
There is a two-stage application process. Submission of preliminary proposals for this year will open on Wednesday 1st August 2012, closing on Monday 24th September 2012. Up to three applications from all proposals submitted will be selected to submit a full application. These applicants will be notified at the end of October – the final deadline for full applications is 10th December 2012. The proposal selected for funding will be announced the following year.
Please download the preliminary application template. Once complete, please send to SimcypGPS@simcyp.com.
Please note preliminary applications can only be sent between 1st August and 24th September.
*valid Simcyp academic license = a license held under the conditions stated in the agreement, which must meet the requirement of all listed users of Simcyp and associated tutors attending a Simcyp workshop in the previous two years. Please note, if your institution currently holds a teaching agreement this will need to be expanded to a teaching and research agreement if your institution is successful in receiving funding.