‌Seed corn funding

We are looking to support 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 within our Centre.

A critical component of applications to this scheme will be 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.

Applications for funding are open now, and will close on Monday 15 January 2018. Successful applicants must be available to attend an incubator event on 22 and 23 March 2018 where projects will be further developed with the Research Fellows or Scientific Programmer and a budget of up to £10,000 for essential resources signed off.

We are 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

At least one investigator should be from the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare. To facilitate this, please contact Sarah Warren with an outline of your idea and we will put you in contact with a suitable investigator.

Application form

To apply for seed corn funding, please complete the application form.

Seed corn timetable

Information event 7 November 2017
Closing date for applications 15 January 2018
Notification of awards w/c 19 February 2018
Incubator event 22 and 23 March 2018
Projects start 3 April 2018
Projects close 2 October 2018

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.