‌Seed corn funding

The final round of CPMH seed corn projects are currently in progress - running from February 2020 to August 2020.

We are supporting exciting new projects within the broad area of patient-specific mathematical models with the potential to revolutionise a range of clinical conditions. The aim of these projects is to bring together biomedical or clinical researchers, or clinicians, with mathematicians and computer scientists across our Centre.

As a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham (from 1st October 2019), Bristol, Exeter and King's College London, these projects will support new and emerging interdisciplinary collaborations between mathematicians/data scientists and biomedical scientists/clinicians. The scheme provides a budget of up to £10K for consumables and essential travel, as well as up to six months' research time from one or more of our core Centre Fellows. By the end of the project time, preliminary results suitable for first publications and onward funding will have been obtained.

A critical component of applications to this scheme is the involvement of one or more of the Centre’s Research Fellows or our Scientific Programmer, who will spend a portion of their time over the six-month period of funding to develop the project.

Successful applicants attend an overnight incubator event, where projects are further developed with the Research Fellows and Scientific Programmer and a budget of up to £10,000 for essential resources is signed off.

In this round, we were particularly keen to receive applications from teams looking to develop new ideas in:

  • Cardiovascular dynamics
  • Neurological conditions
  • (Neuro)endocrine systems (including diabetes)
  • Auto-immune disease

Applicants with high risk/high reward projects were encouraged, bringing together researchers from two or more of the four collaborating institutions. At least one investigator on each project is from the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare.

For more information, watch a recording Prof John Terry's talk from a previous information event.

Seed corn timetable (Round 5)

Information event 26th September 2019
Closing date for applications 30th October 2019
Notification of awards December 2019
Incubator event 3&4 February 2020
Projects start 3 February 2020
Projects close 2 August 2020

Seed corn format

  • Seed corn projects will run for 6 months.
  • Staff costs are not included in the project budgets.
  • We encourage all project groups to involve the public in the development and evaluation of their work.
  • We will hold an overnight ‘incubator event’ at the beginning of the project. Clear objectives and a project plan will be agreed by the project group with input from key stakeholders and budgets signed off, so that you will leave the event with funding agreed, permission to proceed and a timeline.
  • At the end of each round of seed corn projects we will hold an event to share project updates.
  • All groups must notify the Centre of long-term outputs (e.g. funding applications, publications, datasets, etc.).

Seed corn requirements

  • Acknowledging the EPSRC: To assist the EPSRC in tracking the outputs of research to which it has contributed, either wholly or in part, the EPSRC’s contributions must be acknowledged in all publications by using the following phrase: “[author name] gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the EPSRC via grant EP/N014391/1”.
  • Funding must be used in line with the conditions of funding of the EPSRC. This includes adhering to the EPSRC’s policy on open access.
  • When submitting your findings for publication an affiliation to the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4QJ, UK should be included.
  • The Centre Manager will contact award holders on a monthly basis to monitor progress.
  • Award holders agree to provide a final report to the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare within one month of completion of the award which explains:

- How funds have been used
- Details of any publications
- The outcomes of the activity and the extent to which the proposed aims have been achieved
- The future plans the investigators have for developing the research further
- How the funding has led, or will lead, to an application to an external funder.