09:30:00 - 16:00:00

University of Manchester Confidence in Concept 2020 Launch


The University of Manchester has secured funding from the eighth round of the UKRI Medical Research Council (MRC) Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. An information event for the UoM CiC 2020 will be held online (via Zoom) on Friday 3 April 2020 to share experience from the previous rounds of the programme and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal.

The speakers include UKRI MRC Programme Managers Dr Agnes Leung and Dr Alex Phillips from the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS), UoM CiC Lead Academic Dr Sam Butterworth, and UoM/CiC Programme Manager Dr Anu Suokas. The event will finish with a ‘1:1‘ Advice Session (via Zoom) to provide an opportunity to get feedback on your translational project ideas including applications for DPFS funding – please see the Advice Session booking details below. Please see the programme below.

Please book your place at the CiC 2020 launch via Eventbrite which includes a booking page for 1:1 advice sessions.

If you can’t access Zoom on Fri 3rd April, please contact anu.suokas@manchester.ac.uk to discuss alternative arrangements.


9.30 – 10.00: Please join the Zoom online event platform (web link will sent to registered attendees)

10.00 – 12.00: Opening and presentations

  • Welcome and introduction: Dr Sam Butterworth, CiC Lead Academic, UoM
  • UKRI MRC Translational Funding: Dr Agnes Leung and Dr Alex Phillips, DPFS scheme Programme Managers, UKRI MRC
  • Question and answer session
  • Process, timelines and guidance for the CiC 2020 Programme: Dr Anu Suokas, UoM/CiC Programme Manager, Strategic Funding Team, UoM
  • Advice for early translational studies: Dr Sam Butterworth, CiC Lead Academic, UoM
  • Question and answer session
  • 12.30 – 16.00 1:1 Advice sessions PRE-BOOKING MANDATORY – please book via Eventbrite when you register

15-minute advice slots available to discuss your translational project ideas including applications for DPFS funding

  • Dr Agnes Leung and Dr Alex Phillips/MRC: translational pathway and DPFS funding
  • Dr Sam Butterworth/UoM: translational research, commercialisation
  • Dr Anu Suokas/UoM: CiC scheme and application queries

If you request a 1:1 with MRC DPFS Programme Manager, you will be asked to submit max 1-page outline of your study proposal prior to the event. Please note that DPFS proposals can be given longer time slots.

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