Bioimaging Technology Development Awards

Bioimaging Technology Development Awards

About this call

The call supports ambitious technology development programmes led by proficient and diverse teams. Awarded teams will develop tools and technologies to overcome barriers to progress in bioimaging. Specifically, they will advance technologies to investigate biological phenomena at the cell-tissue scale. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cell atlasing – how can novel bioimaging technologies and their combination with other omics help identify all cell types at the molecular level?

  • Connectomics – how can novel bioimaging technologies pave the way to a full map of the neuronal connections in the mammalian brain?

  • Dynamic biology – how can novel technologies improve temporal resolution in bioimaging to advance our understanding of how organisms function, adapt and respond to their surroundings?

  • Systems – how can novel bioimaging technologies allow the characterisation of dynamics and structure of complete biological systems?

  • Imaging data handling – novel data management strategies are needed to simplify image acquisition, analysis and data sharing. New tools are needed to support the integration of bioimaging data with other types of biological information.

  • Overcoming barriers to bioimaging in low-resource settings – how can novel or existing technologies be adapted to advance discovery research in low-resource settings?

    We believe that the best way to achieve technological innovations to answer biological questions is to develop them in collaboration with the researchers who will use them. Therefore, a key criterion for selection will be for teams to include both technology developers and researchers using bioimaging technologies to answer important discovery research questions.

    Bioimaging Technology Development Awards

    This award will fund teams of technology developers and users to create novel bioimaging tools at the cell-tissue scale. Successful teams will develop technologies that answer ambitious research questions or that overcome barriers to bioimaging work in low-resource settings.

    Scheme at a glance

  • Career stage: Leading a research programme
    Where your administering organisation is based:
    UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries (apart from India and mainland China)

  • Level of funding: Foundation phase: up to £500k; Scale-up phase: you should ask for the resources you need for your programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application.

    Duration of funding:

    Up to 8 years, spanning two phases: a foundation phase for the first 18 months, followed by a scale-up phase up to a maximum of 6.5 additional years.

    The Bioimaging Technology Development Awards will be run and assessed in two phases:

  • Foundation phase: initially, successful applications to this funding call will be funded for 1.5 years.

  • Scale-up phase: 12 months into the foundation phase, funded programmes will be invited to apply for the scale-up phase in a closed competitive funding call. Programmes that are successful for the scale-up phase will be able to request support for up to 6.5 additional years.

    Eligibility and suitability

    Who can apply, who can't apply, what's expected of your administering organisation
    Lead applicant

  • You must be able to demonstrate that you can drive and lead a substantial collaborative research programme focused on technology development. Moreover, you must have the following:

  • International standing as a leader in your field

  • Experience of leading innovative and creative research

  • A track record of managing and training others
    must be able to contribute at least 20% of your research time to the programme.

    At the point of application, you should have a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, or the guarantee of one. The contract should not be conditional on receiving this award.

    Your salary must be paid by your administering organisation for the duration of the award. If you are based in a low- or middle-income country, you can ask for a contribution to your salary if you hold a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract that states that you have to get your salary from external grant funding.

    If you have less than three years remaining on your contract at the point of application, you must have secured your next position at an eligible organisation and provide a letter of support from them.


    Coapplicants can be at any career stage and based anywhere in the world apart from mainland China.

    Each coapplicant must make a significant and essential contribution to the research proposal. For example, designing the research, writing the application and/or managing the programme. They must be able to contribute at least 20% of their research time to the programme.

    Coapplicants must be based at an eligible organisation that can sign up to our grant conditions.

    The organisation can be a not-for-profit or a commercial organisation. A not-for-profit organisation could be a:

  • Higher education institution

  • Research institute

  • Non-academic healthcare organisation

  • Charity or social enterprise

    Coapplicants can request their salary if they have a permanent, open ended or long-term rolling contract that states they have to get salary recovery from external grant funding, or they are employed by a charity, social enterprise or commercial organisation. The amount they request must be proportionate to the time they will spend on the grant.

    Coapplicants without a permanent, open ended or long-term rolling contract can only request salary in the following circumstances:

    If they will spend at least 80% of their time on this grant, they can request their full salary. Their post does not need to be underwritten and can be contingent on the application being successful.

    If they will spend less than 80% of their time on the grant, they can request salary proportionate to the time they will spend on the grant. The host organisation must guarantee space and salary support if they cannot get it from other sources for the period of time they are working on the grant. Their post cannot be contingent on the application being successful.

    Are employed on the award as postgraduate research assistants. If they are to spend 100% of their time on the award, their post does not need to be underwritten by the host organisation and can be contingent on the application being successful.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Bioimaging Technology Development Awards

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