Research Projects and Platform Call Closure

The current 2 rounds for Research Projects and Platforms grants have now closed. We have received 45 applications for funding and will acknowledge all applications for funding within 24 hours.

Please contact us if you have not received an acknowledgement of your submission within 24 hours.

The board are meeting on 2nd October to discuss the applications and awards will be made shortly after.


1st Annual Scientific Congress 2014


Hosted by the Life Sciences Research Network Wales, this will be the largest and most stimulating of events we have held since we opened in September 2013.

The Congress will begin at 9am on Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th November 2014, held at theSt Davids Hotel & Spa, Cardiff Bay.

We are inviting all those funded through the network to attend the full 2-day event. Whether you are a funded Research Associate or a PhD students from Cardiff University or one of our partner institutions, you will have the opportunity to showcase the progress made on your research activity to date.

All newly recruited PhD students due to start with us in October 2014 will also be invited to show their research plans in a poster session.

As well as Post Doctoral presentations and student presentations and a poster session, we will also be hosting a selection of guest speakers from the private sector and higher education.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact or telephone 02920 876501.






8th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium, Friday 12th December, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge

Registration now open – go to

Closing date for abstract submission is 10th October 2014

The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the RSC will be hosting its eighth postgraduate symposium for PhD students and postdoctoral workers researching in biological or medicinal chemistry and related areas. The event will be held in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge on Friday 12th December 2014. Researchers working in these areas are invited to participate. Registration will start at 9:00am with talks beginning at 10:00 am. The day will consist of 11 oral presentations (8 student and 3 keynote plus a Flash Poster section). Each 20-minute student talk will be followed by 10 minutes for questions. Throughout the day there will be keynote talks from industrial and academic chemists. A buffet lunch will be provided to accompany the poster session.


The BMCS judges will be awarding prizes to participants. There will be prizes of £300 for the best oral presentation and of £150 for the best poster. These will be celebrated at the end of the day. If you are interested in presenting your relevant PhD or post-doctoral work please submit a half-page abstract by 10th October 2014 along with your registration form. Those selected by the BMCS committee to give oral presentations will be notified by 14th November. Travel expenses will be reimbursed to speakers.


This event is FREE but all attendees should register as soon as possible and no later than by Friday 5th December


For queries and abstract submission contact Dave Alker at or


Online registration form:

The Minister for Economy, Science & Transport, Mrs Hart opens the Life Sciences Hub.

Representatives from the Life Sciences Research Network Wales attended the launch of the Life Science Hub on the 17th of July. 

The Hub is based in Cardiff Bay and aims to bring together academics, businesses, clinicians, professional services and funding organisations to drive economic growth within the Welsh life science sector.  Along with the £100m Life Sciences Investment Fund, the Hub aims to attract inward investment as well as nurture and accelerate the growth of life science businesses within Wales.

Pictured above is Dr Andrea Brancale from Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy demonstrating an advanced modeling technology to the Minister for Economy, Science & Transport, Mrs Edwina Hart that can be used in development of the next generation of drugs.

The Life Sciences Research Network Wales are pleased to announce their latest calls for Projects and Platform Grants.

Round 2 Project Grants
Project Grants are specifically aimed at allowing academics to undertake highly speculative risky research with the ultimate goal of providing exemplification data to submit  major research applications.  These seedcorn projects  are highly flexible and the Network expects that the majority of projects will be less than 12 months in duration but will consider proposals of up to 24 months in exceptional circumstances.  Match funding is not a pre-requisite and applicants can apply for up to £50k for projects less than 12 months in duration or £100k for projects up to 24 months.
Click here for information on applying and application forms: Project Grants
Platform Grants
The Network seeks to support a number of assays or platform technologies in areas of drug development which would benefit researchers from across Wales.  Applicants are expected to  collaborate with other academics  and offer free access to a limited number of samples generated by researchers from across Wales.   Applicants can apply for up to £50k and whilst match-funding is not a pre-requisite, it may be important if the call is over-subscribed.
Click here for information on applying and application forms: Platform Grants
The closing date for both applications is the 17th of September 2014
The current 2 rounds for Research Projects and Platforms grants have now closed. We have received 45 applications for funding and will be making awards in early October.

Endeavour Award 2014: Welsh Natural Products Networking Meeting

Professor McGuigan attended the Welsh Natural Products Networking meeting on 26th June. The event was organised by Prof Luis Mur (pictured below, right, and with Prof McGuigan, left). The group consists of a multi-disciplinary effort to identify novel anti-microbials from invasive plant species and microbes from extreme environments, and aims to develop links with the commercial sector. The event was joint funded by the NRN. There were 40 attendees which included Welsh Universities and commercial organisations.

Harvesting invite

Luis and Chris             Luis