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Advanced Life Sciences Research Technology initiative

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To purchase items of advanced research equipment and the development of capability in its creative use, which is a key component in maintaining the competitiveness of the UK research base.

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In accordance with the Wakeham recommendations, which require:

  • Maximum the use of equipment and to encourage sharing (see external links), the arrangements for managing access to the equipment and the prioritisation of its use should be described. Award holders will be expected to put arrangements in place for providing advice and support to others wishing to assess the potential of the technology for their own research.
  • Collaboration and the extension of access to the instrumentation to industry and public sector users that would enhance the potential impact of research is encouraged, and any arrangements for this should be explained in the application.
  • Where more than one instrument of a similar type or application is funded through the ALERT 13 call, or where a range of capabilities is established that are applicable to the same research field, the BBSRC may expect grant holders to operate within a network to share expertise and coordinate access.


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