Funding Available for Pathology Innovation as Applications Window Reopens

Published: 3rd October 2022

Funding applications are again being welcomed as part of an initiative making thousands of pounds available for ground-breaking pathology research projects.

SYNLAB’s partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts – known as Synnovis – was formed in April 2021, to deliver and transform NHS pathology services across south east London.

Earlier this year, the partnership unveiled the Innovation Accelerator Fund (IAF) – a £1 million funding pot providing a unique support opportunity for projects that drive innovation in the pathology field, encourage scientific research and development, and ultimately develop services that benefit patients.

Today (Monday 3 October), the latest window to apply for the Progressive Award has opened, allowing colleagues to apply for up to £75,000 in funding for an innovative project or idea. The window closes on 11 November 2022.

This is the second and final window for Progressive Awards applications this year, following on from the first back in spring. The Agile Award, meanwhile, makes up to £10,000 available for individual projects, with applications welcome to this category all year round.

The panel that reviews IAF applications is looking for imaginative proposals that will help us lead the way in service development for the benefit of our patients, whether that’s through the adoption of new assays, applications or capabilities.

Ultimately, the fund aims to encourage research, development and innovation, and successful projects should positively benefit the partnership. Some examples of previous projects that have been awarded funding include the early adoption of Oxford nanopore sequencing and national standardisation of some of the assays used as part of the Newborn Screening Programme.

Dr Dominic Harrington, Chief Scientific Officer at Synnovis

All colleagues within the south east London pathology partnership – including those in non-laboratory roles – may apply for IAF funding, as well as students and colleagues within Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

More information about the Innovation Accelerator Fund and how to apply can be found here:

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