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Spinal Cord Injury Funding event


Twelve £32,000 grants are available to researchers from any discipline, specifically for research that is normally difficult to receive funding for, as part of a £13m fund to accelerate innovation in therapies for spinal cord injury. A further four £320,000 grants, a £6.4 million grand prize and £5 million of further associated prizes are also available. 
Presentations from Guest Speakers:
  • Professor James Fawcett, Cambridge University
  • Harvey Sihota, Spinal Cord Injury patient & Social Entrepreneur
  • Michael Hanson, Innocentive
  • Oliver Zolman, Public Health & Longevity

Complimentary refreshments & networking will follow the presentations. 
Public Health & Longevity in partnership with the spinal cord injury charity Conquer Paralysis NowKing's College London Business Club and InnoCentive, invites you to take part in a discussion about the exciting and revolutionary £13m Conquer Paralysis Now Challenge.
The Conquer Paralysis Now Challenge is a £13 million Program of grants and prizes that aims to transform the lives of those living with Spinal Cord Injury. Within the next 10 years it aims to help Spinal Cord Injury patients carry out every day actions that most of us take for granted such as going to the bathroom, picking up and drinking a glass of water or simply walking.
The first stage of the Challenge was recently launched, in which 12 grants of at least £32,000 are available in 6 different categories. Grants are available to researchers from any discipline and who are located anywhere in the world.

Teams can enter through the following link


Twelve £32,000 grants
  • Specifically for research that is traditionally difficult to get funded
  • Open to researchers from any discipline located anywhere in the world
  • Entries judged by an expert scientific panel under non-disclosure agreement
  • Researchers maintain all IP
  • Deadline for this round 1st April 2015
2 awards in each of the following 6 categories will be available at this event, with a total of 12 awards on offer.

New Investigator Award
 - Incentivize newcomers to SCI research and those who have recently switched to the field

Collaboration Award
 - Fund ideas that focus on inter-disciplinary collaboration (E.g. Neuroengineering and Biochemistry)

Cross-over Award
 - Support projects that transfer knowledge from a non-SCI field into SCI research

Out of the Box Award
 - Provides initial funding for risky, high potential research ideas

Translation Award
 - Fund projects that aim to translate animal research to human research

Reaching & Grasping Award
 - Stimulate research towards restoring reaching and grasoing function for human SCI patients


Four £320,000 second stage grants

One £6.4 million final stage grand prize

£5 million of further grants and prizes

Specific details on the grants available & RSVP at:

Location & Time
Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guy's Campus, King's College London, London Bridge
Thursday 26th February 18:00 - 19:00 followed by networking and complimentary refreshments.
Join us on Thursday 26th February at Guy's Campus, King's College London to find out more.

Posted on 24/02/2015

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