Activating Impact Mini-secondment award made - applications for 2nd round of awards now invited

Many congratulations to PhD student Manon Ragonnet from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at Kings Buildings, who has been awarded the first £2000 mini-secondment funded by the Activating Impact award from the BBSRC.

As part of her award Manon (above left) will be travelling to the Uganda Virus Resarch Institute in Kampala, one of the leading institutions studying HIV epidemiological research in Africa.  She will be observing how epidemioloigcal data is generated by visiting HIV/AIDS field treatment sites and sequencing facilities, to improve the development of bioinformatics pipelines and models more appropriate to the sub-Saharan epidemic. 

Manon's visits to the field treatment sites for HIV/AIDS patients will also increase our understanding of the challenges faced by healthcare workers and how research in Edinburgh can practically address these problems, significantly increasing the impact of our work here.

Manon will be travelling to Uganda in January and February of 2014 and we wish her bon voyage for her journey.


Apply for your own mini-secondment award!

Increase the impact of your research

This is a fanstastic opportunity to explore ways in which your research could deliver impact.  We are looking for fresh thinking and ideas on ways to make new external links with companies and organisations that could interact with Edinburgh Infectious Diseases researchers.  We are now asking for applications in the second round of mini-secondment awards - apply by Friday 29 November 2013.

The most successful entries will address how the placement will benefit both your research and Industry / other stakeholders to deliver solutions to real problems in infectious diseases. Your idea could be anything as long as mutual benefit can be delivered, you can demonstrate the relevance of the placement, and can identify a willing partner.  The possibilities are endless!

Some examples might be:

  • time in a relevant commercial lab to gain insight into antibiotic drug discovery
  • hosting a company partner to allow them to learn a new technique, or become more familiar with your expertise and research
  • placement with a charity that supports neglected disease research to learn about on-the-ground challenges to delivery of disease treatment
  • time spent with a policy maker e.g. Scottish Government, learning about the process of providing advice to government
  • work with a market research company to understand unmet needs your particular area of reaserch

Awards of up to £2000 are expected, but additional funds may be available for exceptional applications.  


This is an open call - applications are welcomed at any time.


Rules of the award

  1. The award must be used to cover expenses related to the placement e.g. travel, accommodation, lab consumables, but not salary costs
  2. All entries must be received by Friday 29 November 2013
  3. An impact summary report must be submitted within 30 days of the completion of the secondment detailing the nature of the impact achieved
  4. The placement must be with a non-academic partner; this can be an industrial partner, charity, and Government or Industrial body
  5. The secondment can be in either direction - university academic to external partner or external partner to university
  6. The impact must be aligned to BBSRC’s Research Priorities in infectious diseases of animals and humans
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