The Life Sciences Research Network Wales

We support world class science within Wales and develop new therapeutic treatments in areas of unmet medical and veterinary need. The network brings together academics at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities and aims to further develop long term research capacity within the Life Sciences.

Our £15M initiative is part funded by a £7.3M award from the Welsh Government’s Ser Cymru program and aims to promote collaboration with industry partners, the NHS and other international Universities.

The Network aims to fund a range of activities including: PhD Studentships, Research Projects, Platforms and Endeavour Workshops.

To date, the Network has funded 43 PhD students across Wales which are all co-funded by industry partners, charities or institutions. We have funded 9 platform grants which allow academics from across Wales to gain access to cutting edge technologies and expertise at other institutions.

The Network has also funded 32 highly speculative Research Projects aimed at developing exemplification data for subsequent applications to major funding bodies or industry partners.

Funding opportunities

The Network aims to fund a range of activities aimed at building long term research capacity and increasing the level of research funding awarded to Welsh universities. All universities in Wales will be eligible to apply as long as can demonstrate that their proposal meets the Network’s criteria for investment.

Criteria for investment

The key criterion for investment will be World class nature of the scientific research involved. The Network Board will review all of the studentship and fellowship proposals against the following investment criteria.