BAP Education: in vivo Training Initiative
BAP is delighted to announce the 2013 round of its successful funding initiative to encourage and support pre-clinical research in the UK. A total of £4,000 is available to support up to 4 summer vacation student projects. It is envisaged that awards will be approx. £1,000.
This scheme was developed
in response to the document published by the ABPI on the current shortage in in vivo skills within the UK and ROI (6 MB).
How To Apply
- Supervisors, who must be BAP members, are invited to complete the online application form, submit a short CV (no more than 2 pages) and a research proposal (approx. 400 words) with total number, species and strain of rodents required.
- A named project student is required and supervisors must ensure the student receives adequate training and meets all statutory requirements for the work he or she will undertake
- A CV and a statement (approx. 50 words max) should be submitted from the student outlining:
a) Why they wish to undertake an in vivo project
b) Career Plans
c) How it will enhance their career plans
- Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to presenting undergraduate work at the BAP Summer Meeting and have done so in the past.
- Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate access to other supporting funds in the form of a summer vacation scholarship and/or commitment of matched funding from the host institution.
- The deadline for applications is 1 May 2013
The animal supplier, Harlan has generously agreed to reduce the costs of animal
purchase for this scheme, to support pre-clinical psychopharmacology training,
the supervisor should consult with BAP before ordering animals for their approved
- The project must be based in a UK or ROI Home Office Designated Institution.
- The project must be one that involves whole animals (in vivo) and fits within the remit of the BAP – to advance research in the science of psychopharmacology.
- Projects should have a psychopharmacology theme and include a strong component of in vivo training.
- Projects on neurological disorders (e.g. Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease) and pain systems will also be considered as long as in vivo approaches are utilised.
- Projects on animal welfare issues will also be welcome.
- Projects will be funded up to a total of £1,000
- The funds on offer are to be specifically used for animal maintenance costs,
consumables and Home Office personal licence fees if necessary (animal purchase
may be free or reduced depending on species and sex required).
- Payment of the funds will be made directly to the University or Institution.
- Recipients of the BAP project funds will be strongly encouraged to present a poster or oral communication at the BAP annual summer meeting the following year.
- A final report (approx. 500 words) will be required from the supervisor to provide feedback to the BAP for evaluation of the success of this initiative.
The 2012 winners were:
Reports from the 2009 in vivo training initiative vacation studentship projects (pdf).
Reports from the 2010 in vivo training initiative vacation studentship projects (pdf).