BBSRC have partnered with EPSRC and MRC in a call to specifically encourage proposals relevant to “Technology Touching Life” (TTL), a joint initiative to foster interdisciplinary research into innovative and potentially disruptive technological capabilities that will drive world-leading basic discovery research in the life sciences. The call has an indicative total budget up to £3.5 million.
The aim of the call is to support the early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact research technologies essential to sustaining the vibrancy of life sciences discovery research in the UK. The latest developments in technologies and computational tools continue to revolutionize life sciences research.
Tools and resources development fund (TRDF) aims to pump prime the next generation of cutting-edge enabling research technologies with a potential for transformative impact in life sciences research (both biological and biomedical). This includes technologies with potential broad utility across both biological and biomedical research communities, as well as technologies that may only have utility within the biological sciences.
It has been highlighted in the call that the Research Councils have noted the significant contribution of staff such as technical researchers and Research Software Engineers (RSEs) to projects typically represented in the TRDF call and therefore they will support recognition of their contributions and encourage applicants to cost them appropriately on applications.