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Crick Partner University Networking Fund

We are pleased to announce that the first call for 2023 is now live!

What is the Crick Partner University Networking Fund?

The fund was established 5 years ago. Researchers from King's, Imperial, UCL and the Crick can apply for up to £3000 of funding to support networking activities that bring staff and students from the different organisations together with the purpose of developing new collaborations across discipinary boundaries. 

The fund has supported a number of successful activities, including seminars, workshops and symposia, with many more set to be held in the coming year. 

What types of projects does it support?

Applications are welcomed from researchers that wish to:

  • Create new networking events or event series for staff and students that are seeking to build professional networks within the partnership and beyond their own discipline
  • Support those completing interdisciplinary research to establish connections, share and develop ideas that could potentially be included in joint research funding applications
  • Cross disciplinary boundaries, particularly at the clinical and physical sciences interfaces
  • Help build the skills of those engaged in the networking activities (e.g improving leadership, communication or organisational skills)

The projects should primarily benefit staff and students at the Crick and the partner universities, but networking events could also include external contacts from other universities, insitutions or industry where appropriate.


“The Networking Fund has provided an invaluable opportunity for the development of new links between individuals and teams who may not otherwise have got in contact.” Wei Xing, Crick Scientific Computing (Image Analysis seminar series in partnership with UCL, Imperial and King’s College London)

“The Networking Fund has helped to bring the vibrant London neuroscience community into the Crick, as well as creating and strengthening bonds across groups and institutions”. Carles Bosch, Postdoc (London Neurotechnology Network in partnership with UCL and Imperial College London)

“The Networking Fund allowed us to establish a group of researchers from within the Crick and through the partner institutes that focus on single-molecule techniques, totally independent of research group, university department or field of biological enquiry.” – James Flewellen, Postdoc (Single Molecule Network in partnership with Imperial College London)

The Networking Fund enabled our newly established London Stem Cell Network (LSCN) to expand its activities in holding workshops that promoted both networking and research opportunities.” Antoniana Batsivari, Postdoc (London Stem Cell Network in partnership with UCL, King’s and Imperial College London)

The most recent call for applications closed in the second week of May, we expect the next call to be launched later in the summer. 

Further Information 

 To review the guidance notes, obtain details of those that you can contact for support and download the application form, please visit the internal webpage.

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