A Platform Renewal call built on an initial award by the Network and enabled the applicant to continue to make the technology available to other academics from across Wales.
Renewals particularly favoured proposals which had broad appeal across Wales and had already demonstrated an ability to generate a significant number of scientific outputs such as :
- Number of new collaborations
- Value of grant applications submitted
- Value of grant applications awarded
- Conference abstracts
- Links with external partners (universities, companies, charities etc)
The Network acknowledges the success of many of the existing Platform Grants but unfortunately was only able to support a few renewal applications, due to budgetary constraints.
The Network renewed 3 Platforms in 2015, these were:
Roboworm 2 – An Automated high content imaging platform for repositioning old drugs and discovering new ones as next generation Anthelmintics – Aberystwyth University, IBERS, Professor Karl Hoffmann
All Wales Cellular Bioenergetics Analysis Platform – Swansea University, Institute of Life Sciences – Professor Cathy Thornton
In Silico Platform to support drug discovery and development – Cardiff University, School of Pharmacy – Dr Andrea Brancale