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.
- 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 but related psychiatry/neuroscience/genetics projects are acceptable provided they 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 £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.
- 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.