Prior to making an application or query please read our FAQs

Yes you can resubmit the proposal if applicable to do so in the next similar round. However rather than make an identical application we would expect you to make amendments to strengthen any future submission from any feedback Rosetrees may have provided or through any internal discussion.

Yes, collaborators from any worldwide academic institution, hospital or company are permitted.

Yes if you are able to conduct the research at a UK institution for the duration of the project being applied for. This assumes you have all the correct documentation to work in the UK for the period.

Most grants will fund salary, consumables and animal costs, plus small equipment needed for the work and essential travel. Our grants won’t fund overheads, fees, salaries of tenured staff and large equipment costs.

No, as long as they can effectively supervise the project.

No - all references, figures, appendices etc. need to be within the specified page limit and font size of the uploaded technical report.

Once the deadline has expired, all rounds need to go through a number of review and approval stages before successful proposals can be notified. As a guide expect to hear an offer of funding six months from the round deadline, although some rounds with less submissions may be quicker and some rounds considering larger amounts may take slightly longer. Where we reject proposals during the processing period, you will hear this outcome when known.

Ideally we would ask you to submit as early as possible before the advertised deadline in case there are issues. Unfortunately the system won’t allow submissions past the advertised deadline date and time, we can only intervene in exceptional circumstances.

If a variation in amounts across years can be justified then yes you can make this request and it can be considered. However this shouldn’t be too heavily weighted for a particular year, and the overall cost requested must be within the round limit.

The process is set-up for the PI to be the principal ‘lead’ applicant who would make the submission and invite all other participants onto it. If someone from a research office was making the submission on the PI’s behalf, then they would have to ensure the PI is listed as the ‘lead’ applicant on the application.

No we will email them so can be international, however, they must be an expert in the area of the submission, from a different institution and not be affiliated with the work, not be a current collaborator or co-author on a paper or grant published / awarded within the last 5 years, and be willing and able to provide a review.

Who can apply?

We would usually expect the Medicine lead to have a clinical position however in circumstances where the institution does not have a medical school a biomedical scientist working in clinically relevant medical research is acceptable. The clinician or biomedical scientist must have an established academic track record and be in a tenured position at least for the duration of the award.

Both lead applicants should be UK based and preferably from the same institution. Overseas collaborations can assist if this enhances the research but the funding can only go to the UK based lead institution.

A PI from the Hospital Trust is acceptable and presumed will be Medicine lead.

Yes as long as the lead institution is agreed and this becomes that institution’s one and only application. The funding must be managed by that lead institution.

Your application would have to be selected on behalf of the whole institution

The past ID winners have all been in tenured position and the applicant must be in-contract for at least the duration of the project.

What collaborations are acceptable?

Yes once you have your cross discipline lead PIs then additional collaborations are possible.

Yes, we’re happy to consider applications where the company is contributing matched-funding. Our preference is for 50:50.

Will my project fit the remit of this call?

Line of sight to clinic is essential for a successful application. It doesn’t have to result in patient benefit by the end of the grant but must be a clear plan on how this will be achieved within 5-10 years post-grant. 

The projects are chosen on their own merits and interdisciplinarity and not biased towards any particular area of medicine.

The quality of the project and the potential impact on human health is of highest importance. We usually fund research that affects UK patients and some of our research is from tropical medicine which may affect a small population in the UK with an impact worldwide. There is therefore scope if a small UK population will also benefit.

Yes, we also fund translational research in pre-clinical animal models

Will my project fit the remit of this call?

Yes, we will fund directly incurred costs associated with the project e.g. salaries, consumables and animal costs. We will consider travel costs (max. £1000) and small equipment costs (max £1000) that are essential to the project. We do not fund directly allocated or indirect costs, PhD tuition fees or publication costs.

The grant offer is for £330,000 over 3 years i.e. £110,000 p.a. Even though you justify in your application why the research can be completed in 2 years the £330,000 will still be released over 3 years if you are successful. You will receive payment at the start of the project as soon as all the relevant paperwork and agreement is in place. After that progress updates will determine the next payments. No invoices will be necessary.

Depending on the quality of the applications we have funded up to 3 ID prizes. One fully funded by RT, one with a co-donor and one part funded (50%) with funds made up by the university.  However this is a decision made by our advisory panel on a yearly basis.

The round will open on the 1st July when the ‘Seedcorn 2021’ scheme will be available to start an online submission through the website and when logged into a Rosetrees Flexigrant account. The round will close at 17:00 on the 31st August, and you will not be able to access this link before or after these dates.
Masters, PhD students and early career post-docs are eligible to apply as the lead applicant. However, the round is very competitive so it is essential that students and early-career researchers apply with established co-applicants.
Please check the website initially and if you would like further clarification, then please e-mail and we can arrange for you to speak to someone.
The minimum duration for seedcorn proposals is 12 months and a maximum of £10K funding.
Yes, on the basis that both proposals are completely separate.
Yes there is no restriction if you make a submission into this seedcorn round, and have or plan to submit an application in another funding round. However, we do not allow multiple submissions into the same funding round.
As the principal applicant, as long as you are able to work at a UK institution for the whole duration of the project, then you will be eligible to apply.
Salaries of the researchers (non-tenured positions including postdocs and technicians), consumables, small benchtop equipment and patient travel expenses are the main eligible costs. We don’t fund institutional overheads, large equipment or capital spending, conference costs, technology transfer fees and tuition fees. Publication costs can be included if they are open-access, and we don’t fund apprenticeship levies.
If your proposal involves active recruitment of patients for a clinical study, then we will consider an application for up to £15K over 18 months. Studies involving analysis of patients’ samples that have already been biobanked will not be eligible for this higher amount.
We plan on communicating to successful applicants in late 2021/early 2022 and the funding will be available shortly thereafter. We can start grants as soon as award letters have been signed by the institution and we have received various confirmations and information required.
Due to the high volume of applications, we receive we are unable to provide individual feedback to applications that do not progress beyond the triage stage. However, if your application progresses beyond the triage stage and is rejected, we will send you feedback from external reviewers. If you are able to revise and amend your application based on this feedback, then you can resubmit your application in a subsequent grant round.
The submit button will appear when all co-applicant and collaborators have completed their participation. To complete their participation, all co-applicants and collaborators must login to their Flexigrant account and click the ‘Finish Contribution’ button.
We are unable to accept submissions after the deadline date.