Over the next three years, in addition to organising workshops and online discussions, 3DbioNet will fund:
- Travel & Secondment (Collaboration Challenge) awards via three competitive calls with a budget of £8k each (5-8 awards per call with a maximum of £2k per award). The three T&S calls will be prioritised for Early Career Researchers’ training and development. They will support placements in other labs (including industry) to learn new techniques, acquire additional expertise, or/and generate preliminary data for collaborative grant applications.
- Pump priming projects. There will be two calls for pump-priming projects, in years 1 and 2 of the project, each with an approximate budget of £240K. The calls will be preceded by workshops that act as catalysts for participants to form new consortia that nucleate around potential projects. Technological and knowledge gaps identified during workshop breakout sessions will also inform the scope and shape of the calls for pump-priming activities which will be developed by the Management Board, with support from the Advisory Board. The budget for individual projects will be capped at £80K and we envisage funding approximately 5 projects per call.