24th June 2024

Research Incubator: Seedcorn Projects 2024

Location: West Midlands

Applications are now closed.

This call provides dedicated resource and funding to support seedcorn projects for new and emerging interdisciplinary collaborations within the N-CODE remit to use technology to move the diagnosis and management of neurological, neuropsychiatric or neurodevelopmental conditions out of the hospital and into the community.

Seedcorn projects last for 6 months (late June- end Dec 2024) and address a healthcare or biomedical challenge within the N-CODE remit using mathematical and computational approaches. This proof-of-concept funding should seed onward grant funding and publications.

Projects can be proposed by any interdisciplinary team of N-CODE partners, but the interdisciplinary nature of this call means that investigators must come from at least two disciplines. For example, a neurologist and a computer scientist, or a biomedical engineer with a biomedical researcher. Applications including industry partners are welcome.

Projects should have a clear research question and achievable end points. Data and relevant approvals should be in place.

Each investigator team will be assigned an N-CODE Research Fellow with the appropriate quantitative skills to work with you to drive the project forward, and a budget of up to £10,000 for consumables, essential travel and engagement activities.

Successful applicants will be required to attend a two-day incubator kick-off event on 24th & 25th June at the Hogarth’s Hotel, Solihull (expenses paid). Projects will be developed in collaboration with the project team and the assigned research fellow. A budget of up to £10,000 will be approved at this event. As part of this process, applicants will receive advice and guidance from a professional services team including public engagement & involvement (including lay members), research facilitators, and business engagement who will provide support to develop outputs and applications as your seedcorn project evolves.
Travel and overnight accommodation for 1 night will be provided. Additional funding is available to cover caring costs, including childcare.


Project teams will be paired up with a fellow with the necessary quantitative skills to drive forward the project. The fellow will work with you 50% of their time over the 6 months.

Funding of up to £10K per project is also available for consumables, essential travel for project teams and activities to disseminate the results of the project such as PPIE or outreach.

Projects are also eligible to be paired up with an Artist in Residence who collaborates with scientists to bring new perspectives and insights into the research project, while leading on creative outputs where they transform and interpret the research into artform.  Funding for creative artwork is provided in addition to resources needed to deliver the scientific project.

These projects ‘seed’ new interdisciplinary collaborations and produce preliminary results suitable for first publication and onward significant funding applications.

To maximise the 6-month duration of this pilot funding, seedcorn projects kick off with a 2 day facilitated event led by N-CODE Principal Investigator Professor John Terry, University of Birmingham.  

Two investigators (must include the PI) from the project team are required to attend this event. This will be held on Monday & Tuesday 24th and 25th June at the Hogarth’s Hotel, Solihull, West Midlands. All travel and accommodation (if required) will be provided for the attendees.

Teams will work with their fellow to further develop their project plan, integrating the skills of the fellow into the project, and agree milestones, ways of working and formulate and agree the budget. Sessions will be held with professional services staff around industry engagement, budget planning, identifying future sources of funding applications and with our lay PPIE advisors to develop PPIE plans.  

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