in vivo Training Initiative

The BAP is delighted to announce the 2017 round of its new funding initiative to encourage and support pre-clinical research in the UK and provide opportunity to train in in-vivo skills. This scheme was originally developed in response to the document published by the ABPI on the current shortage in in-vivo skills.

The aim of this scheme is to give students training and experience in in-vivo skills in psychopharmacology and related neuroscience fields. We aim to provide supervisors with some flexibility across the academic year to provide this training and to facilitate Psychopharmacology-related projects that may not have existing funding.

These applications will be supervisor led and awards must be spent by Dec 31st 2018. A total of 4 projects will be available with up to £5,000 available to support each project. BAP can provide animals from Envigo who have generously agreed to reduce the costs of animal purchase for this scheme.

How To Apply

  • Supervisors, who must be BAP members, are invited to complete the online application form, submit a short CV (2 pages) and a research proposal (approx. 500 words) with full costing for the project.
  • Supervisors must ensure the student receives adequate training and both student and project meet all statutory requirements for the work to be undertaken.
  • Student recruitment will be the responsibility of the supervisor, but the scheme is aimed specifically at pre-PhD students who may be considering PhD study and is explicitly not intended to support students already registered for PhD or masters components of PhD students or their projects.
  • The application deadline is 13th October 2017.

Project Criteria

  1. The project must be based in a UK or ROI Home Office Designated Institution.
  2. 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.
  3. Projects should have a psychopharmacology theme but related psychiatry/neuroscience/genetics projects are acceptable provided they include a strong component of in-vivo training.
  4. 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.
  5. Projects on animal welfare issues will also be welcome.

Project Funds

  • Projects will be funded up to a total of £5,000 per project and must include a stipend for the student.
  • The funds on offer are to be specifically used for student stipend (mandatory), animal maintenance costs, consumables and Home Office personal licence fees as necessary (as required by the project).
  • Payment of the funds will be made directly to the University or Institution.
  • The supervisor has until end of the calendar year following the award to complete the project.

Project Dissemination

  • Recipients of the BAP project funds (supervisor or student) will normally be required to present a poster or oral communication at the BAP annual summer meeting.
  • A final jointly authored report (approx. 500 words) will be required from the supervisor and student to provide feedback to the BAP to allow evaluation of the initiative.