FUNDED PROJECTS

Explore our previous funding awards and the successfully funded projects

Microscopy Facility Funding

Scope of Award

To support our Microscopy Facilities in Scotland and the excellent research they enable, we run a Microscopy Facility Funding Call. This fund supports the enhancement of capabilities within microscope facilities in Scotland.

Awarded Projects
  • Professor Gail McConnell (University of Strathclyde – Mesolab): Imaris for 3D reconstruction and analysis of mesoscopy and microscopy image datasets
  • Dr Jessica Valli (Heriot Watt University – ESRIC): SP8 FALCON Tau STED upgrade
  • Dr James Streetley (University of Glasgow – Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging/Centre for Virus Research): Broadening compatibility across Scottish cryo-EM facilities

Innovation Seed Award

Scope of Award

With the launch of our new initiative, Research Innovation Scotland, SULSA are running an Innovation Seed Fund. This fund is aimed at early lecturers/PIs to support development of their independent research and their affiliation with the industry sector. The project should aim to foster new projects and collaborations across the academic and industry sector and drive novel and exciting research and innovation.

Awarded Projects

Dr Ryan Kean (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Funded Project:Targeted Proteins as a Novel Therapy for Bacterial Vaginosis

Dr Robert Edkins  (University of Strathclyde)
Funded Project: Development and optimisation of photoacoustic contrast agents for early diagnosis of cancer

Dr Soumya Palliyil (University of Aberdeen)
Funded Project: An accurate and user-friendly antibody-based snake venom detection kit to identify venomous snakebites in high risk countries

Dr Gregor Gorjanc (University of Edinburgh)
Funded Project: Seeding pan-genome of the protein saviour: black soldier fly
Project jointly co-funded by IBioIC

Dr Tony Ly (University of Dundee)
Funded Project: Development of novel isobaric labels for quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics
Project jointly co-funded by IBioIC

Dr Thomas Jones (University of Dundee)
Funded Project:Rapid DNA Test Method for Water and Environmental Samples
Project jointly co-funded by CENSIS

 

ECR Development Award

Scope of Award

The global pandemic has created significant challenges for our early career researchers, in particular those looking to develop their own independent research line. In response to this SULSA has developed a new call, which builds on the success of the PECRE fund. This funding aims to support researchers in their endeavours to develop their own novel research track.

Awarded Projects

Dr Sadaf Ashraf (University of Aberdeen)
Funded Project: Regional and spatial protein signature analysis of clinical tissues from patients with osteoarthitis using NanoString’s GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler

Dr Matthew Parker  (University of Dundee)
Funded Project: Adaptive sequencing of evolutionarily distant disease resistance genes using nanopore.

Dr Giulia Saredi (University of Dundee)
Funded Project: Faithful chromatin maintenance and germline integrity in C. elegans

Dr Sofia Ferreira-Gonzalez (University of Edinburgh)
Funded Project: Making liver transplants safer: defining a profile for Biliary Complications

Dr Lucas Frungillo (University of Edinburgh)
Funded Project: Dissecting metabolism reprograming towards crop sustainability.

Dr Annegret Hosbein and Dr Christine Merrick (University of Edinburgh)
Funded Project: Fighting Aquatic Microfibre Pollution at the Source

Dr Emma Hurst (University of Edinburgh)
Funded Project: Tissue analysis of multiple vitamin D metabolites in sheep using LC-MS/MS

Dr Kanchan Phadwal (University of Edinburgh)
Funded Project: Selective clearance of lipid droplets by lipophagy reduces inflammation and mortality in farmed Atlantic salmon.

Dr Boatemaa Ofori-Frimpong (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Funded Project: The GCU Tissue bank and Mesoscopic deep imaging of human tissue

Dr Andrew Want (Heriot Watt University)
Funded Project: Macroalgal and epifaunal genetic connectivity in Scottish Waters

Dr Katjana Ehrlich (Heriot Watt University)
Funded Project: Surgical margin delineation with fibre-based mid-infrared attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy

Dr Guilherme Bortolotto de Oliveira (University of St Andrews)
Funded Project: Assessing Rescue of Strandings, ARES

Dr Matthew Broadhead (University of St Andrews)
Funded Project: Visualising Synaptic Activity in the Mouse Spinal Cord for Studying Motor Behaviour and Neurodegenerative Disease

Dr Charlotte Buckley (University of Strathclyde)
Funded Project: Volumetric imaging of blood vessels using integrated light-sheet microscopy with pressure myography

Dr John Totten (University of Strathclyde)
Funded Project: Development of an iPSC-derived organoid toolkit for in vitro modelling of novel stroke therapies.

Dr Jeziel Damasceno (University of Glasgow)
Funded Project: Unveiling the Termination of DNA Replication Programme in Leishmania

Dr Arne Jacobs (University of Glasgow)
Funded Project: Using long-read sequencing to study the role of alternative splicing during postembryonic gut development in a primitive vertebrate

Dr Juan Fernando Quintana Alcala (University of Glasgow)
Funded Project: Exploring meningeal immunity during infection using optical mesoscopy

Dr Andreia Wendt (University of Glasgow)
Funded Project: Essential calcium transporters in Leishmania: Biochemical characterisation of L. mexicana SERCA and LETM1

 

Technology Seed Funding – Round 2

Scope of Award

2019 is SULSA’s Year of Technology.  To celebrate this SULSA provided funding for collaborative projects from SULSA member Universities in Scotland that are using Scottish facilities.  This is the second round of this call, following on from SULSA’s Disruptive Technologies in the Life Sciences conference.

This fund is to provide researchers with funding to access the wide variety of excellent facilities in Scotland, and to kick start innovative new research projects driven by cutting-edge technologies in the life sciences field.

Projects should show demonstrable potential for securing funding leverage. This scheme is not for continued funding of existing projects.

Awarded Projects

Dr Xinhua Shu (Glasgow Caledonian University), Dr Lincoln Biswas (Glasgow Caledonian University), Dr Richard Burchmore (Glasgow Polyomics)
Facility: Glasgow Polyomics and Glasgow Caledonian University Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Project: Transcriptomics and metabolomics analyses of TSPO deleted retinal pigment epithelial cells, implication for age-related macular degeneration

 

Dr Roderick Williams (University of the West of Scotland), Dr Martin Llewellyn (University of Glasgow), Professor Fiona Henriques (University of the West of Scotland)
Facility: Glasgow Polyomics
Project: Dissecting a unique tripartite endosymbiotic relationship in Paramoeba species, etiological agent of Atlantic Salmon amoebic gill disease

 

Dr Jessica Valli (Heriot Watt University), Dr Robert Edkins (University of Strathclyde), Dr Donald MacLaren (Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre), Professor David Bhella (Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging)
Facility: Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre (KNC) and Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging (SCMI)
Project Title: Development of novel protein tags for correlated localisation in live-cell super- resolution fluorescence and electron microscopy.

 

Dr Lynn Paterson (Heriot Watt University), Professor Ajoy Kar (Heriot Watt University), Dr Aidan Brown (University of Edinburgh), Mr Jack Hocking (University of Edinburgh), Dr Ann Wheeler (Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium)
Facility: Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium and Nanofabrication Facility
Project Title: Fabrication of 3D microfluidic networks to enable the super-resolution imaging of bacteriophage infection on a single-cell and population level.

 

Dr Christine Merrick (University of Edinburgh), Dr Nicholas Tucker (University of Strathclyde), Professor Susan Rosser (University of Edinburgh)
Facility: Edinburgh Genome Foundry and Edinomics
Project Title: A framework for rewriting prokaryotic genomes and developing strains for industrial biotechnology.

 

Dr Sonja Rueckert (Edinburgh Napier University), Professor Gail McConnell (University of Strathclyde), Professor Karen Diele (Edinburgh Napier University)
Facility: Mesolab
Project Title: Applicability of the optical mesoscope technology to assess physical effects of noise on statocysts of marine invertebrate embryos/larvae: A proof of concept

 

 

Natural Products in the Bio-Economy Funding

Scope of Award

A joint ScotCHEM and SULSA initiative, this award is intended to:

  • To create value for the Scottish economy and society.
  • To sustain and improve Scotland’s internationally competitive research base.
  • To provide an excellent learning experience for early career researchers.

The fund supports the development of new collaborations and partnerships with the potential to win further funding. Projects should demonstrate their potential to leverage further funding.

We have designed this fund to complement those offered by Interface and IBioIC. The interface fund supports industry led collaboration for Scottish SME’s up to £5,000. The IBioIC program supports industry led collaborations up to £15,000. The industry partners must have a footprint in Scotland.

Awarded Projects

Dr Gordon McDougall (James Hutton Institute), Dr Gemma Barron (Robert Gordon University), Dr Giovanna Bermano (Robert Gordon University)
Project: This project aims to combine two areas of research by linking bioactivity and metabolomics studies of extracts/fractions from Scottish plants.

 

Dr Joseph Palmer (Robert Gordon University), Dr Karl Burgess (University of Edinburgh)
Project: Comparative untargeted-metabolomic and biochemical profiling will be performed on 4 largely uncharacterised strains of microalgae with commercial/environmental significance, representing the genera (Cyanothece, Pseudanabaena, Tisochrysis and Pavlova).

 

Dr Sylvia Soldatou (Robert Gordon University), Dr Katherine Duncan (University of Strathclyde)
Project: Cyanobacteria cause toxic blooms in aquatic systems as a result of water pollution from industry, agriculture and domestic waste as well as global warming.  This project will assess strains from genera, as well as genera that are yet to be assessed as degraders.

 

 

Technology Seed Funding – Round 1

Scope of Award

2019 is SULSA’s Year of Technology.  To celebrate this SULSA provided funding for collaborative projects from SULSA member Universities in Scotland that are using Scottish facilities.

This fund is to provide researchers with funding to access the wide variety of excellent facilities in Scotland, and to kick start innovative new research projects driven by cutting-edge technologies in the life sciences field.

Projects should show demonstrable potential for securing funding leverage. This scheme is not for continued funding of existing projects.

Awarded Projects

Dr Kumiko Samejima (Edinburgh), Dr Martin Waterfall (Edinburgh), Dr Alison Dun (Heriot Watt), Dr Raif Yuecel (Aberdeen)
Facility: Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium and Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre Aberdeen
Project: Establishing technologies to study the mechanism of chromosome segregation

 

Dr Denise Hough (Glasgow), Professor Ruth Andrew (Edinburgh)
Facility: Edinburgh MS Core
Project: Developing mass spectrometry imaging of steroid production within the brain

 

Dr Andrew Ward (Strathclyde), Dr William Peveler (Glasgow), Dr Damion Corrigan (Strathclyde)
Facility: University of Glasgow Chemical Biology Laboratory
Project Title: Fingerprinting iron-scavengers with low- cost electrochemical sensors

 

Dr Yijin Liu (Dundee), Paul Fyfe (Dundee), Magnus Alphey (St Andrews)
Facility: X-Ray Crystallography (Dundee)
Project Title: A new design for macromolecular crystals dehydration sets

 

Dr Elad Katz (Dundee), Dr Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas (Heriot Watt), Dr Alvaro Conde (Heriot Watt), Dr Paul Andrews (Dundee)
Facility: National Phenotypic Screening Centre
Project Title: An optically clear prototype for the culture and detection of circulating tumour cells

 

Dr Helen Bridle (Heriot Watt), Dr Eulyn Pagaling (James Hutton), Dr Lisa Avery (James Hutton), Dr Valentina Busin (Glasgow)
Facility: Analytical Chemistry Facility
Project Title: Low-cost sensor technology to enable end- user testing of drinking water quality: paper-based microfluidics for the detection of faecal indicator organisms

 

Dr Zahra Rattray (Strathclyde), Dr Mairi Sandison (Strathclyde), Dr Richard Burchmore (Glasgow)
Facility: Glasgow Polyomics
Project Title: Disruptive Technologies for Nanoparticle Corona Profiling

 

Dr Nicholas Rattray (Strathclyde), Professor Ruth Andrew (Edinburgh)
Facility: Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility MS Core
Project Title: MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry investigations in to energy metabolism re- programming during brain ageing

 

Dr Marwa Daghem (Edinburgh), Dr Adriana Tavares (Edinburgh), Professor David Newby (Edinburgh), Dr Mark MacAskill (Edinburgh), Dr Andrew Sutherland (Glasgow)
Facility: Edinburgh University Facilities
Project Title: Validation of new Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiotracer for imaging inflammation in humans

 

Dr Nicola Cook (St Andrews), Dr Mazdak Salavati (Edinburgh), Maaria Kankare (University of Jyväskylä), Dr R. Axel Wiberg (University of Basel)
Facility: Edinburgh Genomics
Project: “Pure Baltic”: sex and gene expression in the cold-adapted fly Drosophila montana

 

Professor Gail McConnell (Strathclyde), Dr Carsten Gram Hansen (Edinburgh), Ms Shannan Foylan (Strathclyde), Ms Lisa Kölln (Strathclyde)
Facility: Mesolab, Strathclyde
Project Title: MesoTIRF: developing axial super- resolution microscopy across a 6 mm field of view

 

Dr Rose Ruiz Daniels (Edinburgh), Dr Richard Taylor (Edinburgh), Dr Daniel Macqueen (Edinburgh), Dr Ross Dobie (Edinburgh), Professor Samuel Martin (Aberdeen), Dr Diego Robledo (Edinburgh)
Facility: Edinburgh Genomics
Project Title: Single cell transcriptomics as a disruptive tool for aquaculture research: a cellular atlas of the liver response to infection in Atlantic salmon

 

Dr Mattia Marenda (Edinburgh), Dr Davide Michieletto (Edinburgh), Dr Dimitrios Papadopoulos (Edinburgh), Professor Nick Gilbert (Edinburgh), Dr Sebastian van de Linde (Strathclyde)
Facility: Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium
Project Title: Investigating the Bio-Physical Properties of SAF-A Assembly via Live-Cell Super- Resolution Microscopy, Machine Learning and Molecular Dynamics Simulations

 

Dr Stephen Wallace (Edinburgh), Dr Karl Burgess (Edinburgh), Dr Richard Burchmore (Glasgow)
Facility: Glasgow Polyomics
Project Title: Transcriptomic Identification of New Biocatalysts in Living Microbial Cells

 

Dr Mark Thomas Shaw Williams (Glasgow Caledonian University, Dr Valerie Ferro (Strathclyde), Dr Rothwelle Tate (Strathclyde), Dr Scott Davidson (Strathclyde), Dr Helen Wheadon (Glasgow)
Facility: Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University
Project Title: Do acute myeloid leukaemia cell derived extracellular vesicles re-educate macrophages towards a leukaemia supporting subtype?

 

Dr Graeme Whyte (Heriot Watt), Professor Neil Henderson (Edinburgh), Dr Ali Kermanizadeh (Heriot Watt)
Facility: Edinburgh Super Resolution Consortium
Project Title: Rotational 3D Microscopy for Novel in vitro Nanotoxicology Studies

 

AMR Seed Funding

AMR Seed Funding

Scope of Award

Following on from SULSA’ 2018 AMR conference, this fund is supported by the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) and is aimed at forming new collaborations to address challenges surrounding antimicrobial resistance.

 

  • This funding is to enable researchers to gather preliminary data and develop proposals with the aim of attracting further funding from external sources.
  • Projects should show demonstrable potential for securing funding leverage.
  • This scheme is not for continued funding of existing projects.
  • Researchers can apply for a maximum of £8,000 for a 12 month project.
  • We expect to award between 5-6 grants in this call.
  • Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
Awarded Projects
  • Prof. Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh), Prof. Gail McConnell (Strathclyde) and Nicholas Bommer (Edinburgh): Catheter-associated urinary tract infections: linking AMR to biofilm formation.
  • Dr Till Bachmann (Edinburgh), Prof. Andrew Porter (Aberdeen), Dr Soumya Soman Palliyil (Aberdeen) and Dr Holger Schulze (Edinburgh): Electrochemical biosensor for the detection of bacterial quorum sensing compounds in respiratory diseases.
  • Dr Katherine Duncan (Strathclyde), Dr Eulyn Pagaling (James Hutton Institute), Prof. Tim Daniell (James Hutton Institute), Prof. Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh) and Dr Simon Titmuss (Edinburgh): Microbial microfluidic drug discovery – 21st Century innovation to accelerate the Fleming antibiotic discovery pipeline.
  • Dr Stephen Fox (Glasgow), Dr Cosmika Goswami (Glasgow) and Dr Kerry Pettigrew (St Andrews): Genome Sequencing of Carbapenemase- Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) from Scottish Hospitals for AMR genes and their mobile elements.
  • Dr Gillian Halket (Strathclyde) and Prof. Carol Munro (Aberdeen): Antifungal potential of compounds produced by thermophilic Actinobacteria from compost, upon strains of azole resistant Aspergillus fumigatus.
  • Dr Charles Knapp (Strathclyde), Dr Fiona Henriques (University of the West of Scotland), Prof. Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh), Dr Andrew Free (Edinburgh), Dr Eulyn Pagaling (James Hutton Institute), Dr Lisa Avery (James Hutton Institute) and Dr Richard Allan (James Hutton Institute): The effect of drinking water treatment on antimicrobial resistance.

Dementia Seed Funding

Scope of Award

To mark the arrival of the UK Dementia Research Institute in Scotland, the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) and The University of Edinburgh are providing funding for collaborative projects between Scottish Universities in the dementia space.

This fund is to provide researchers with an opportunity to form new collaborations and apply for seed-funding to kick start innovative new research projects in the dementia field.

Projects should show demonstrable potential for securing funding leverage. This scheme is not for continued funding of existing projects.

Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Awarded Projects
  • Dr Jenni Harvey (Dundee), Dr Gayle Doherty (St Andrews) and Dr Stephen Martin (Dundee): Evaluating the brain penetrability and cognitive enhancing actions of leptin- derived hexamers
  • Dr Christian Wozny (Strathclyde) and Prof. Tara Spires-Jones (Edinburgh): Assessing the role of GABAergic interneurons in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dr Gayle Doherty (St Andrews), Dr Jenni Harvey (Dundee) and Dr Rebecca Goss (St Andrews): Receptor interactions of bioactive leptin fragments – a promising therapeutic lead for dementia
  • Prof. Danielle Gunn-Moore (Edinburgh), Prof. Joanna Wardlaw (Edinburgh) and Prof. Frank Gunn-Moore (St Andrews): The use of voxel-based morphometry as an in vivo tool to assess brain atrophy in the brains of domestic cats
  • Prof. Andrew Tobin (Glasgow), Ms Paulina Valuskova (Glasgow) and Dr Shuzo Sakata (Strathclyde): Mapping the neuronal networks in neurodegeneration

Optical Imaging Funding

Scope of Award

This funding was provided by the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA), Scottish Imaging Network (SINAPSE) and Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and is aimed at new research, and establishing or fostering research collaborations between academia and industry to drive novel optical imaging research in the context of healthcare and medicine. 

Funding can be sought for a broad range of activities relating to any research or partnership activity with industry, e.g.

  • Consumables
  • Facilities access
  • Travel to consortium meetings
  • Travel for establishing network connections
  • Attend or host meetings of academic and external partners at any stage during the preparation of applications
  • Run workshops to share experience and best practice with regard to Industrial collaborations
  • Co-ordinate meetings to engage with SMEs and to share best practice with regard to this engagement
  • Funding for academics travelling to consortium meetings where they introduce a UK-based SME
  • Showcasing skills and capabilities
  • Participating in specific networking activities both for policy influencing and project preparation
Awarded Projects
  • Dr Calum Brown (University of Edinburgh) and Optos (Dunfermline, Jano van Hemert): Liquid Crystal Lasers: Towards Retinal Disease Diagnostics
  • Dr Ali Dun (Heriot Watt University) and Devro (Glasgow): Using Advanced Microscopy to Study the Process of Fat Digestion for Application(s) in the Food Science Industry
  • Dr Leandro Lemgruber (University of Glasgow) and Zeiss (UK), Nikon (UK), Bitplane (Germany): Facilities Open Day Series in Connection with the Scottish Microscopy Group
  • Dr Richard McCracken (Heriot Watt University) and Scientifica (UK): Wavelength–versatile Pulsed Laser Sources for
    Multiphoton Microscopy
  • Dr Tom MacGillvray (University of Edinburgh) and Optos (Dunfermline, Jano van Hemert): Building a Transatlantic Optical Eye Imaging Consortium
  • Dr Patricia Martin and Prof. Gail McConnell (Universities of Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde) and Tissue Solutions (Glasgow): Skin Deep: New Mesoscopic Imaging of Large Tissue Volumes at High Resolution
  • Dr Shigeng Song (University of the West of Scotland) and Wideblue (Glasgow): Development of a Low Cost Miniaturised Hyperspectral Imaging Camera Incorporating Linear Variable Optical Filters for Medical Imaging Applications