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This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to refurbish or renovate their research laboratories.
It aims to improve the existing physical infrastructure in UK universities to promote high quality scientific research.
Funding for each round supports a particular subject area. The topic in 2012 is ‘Imaging’ and it will support novel research projects which can include both image capture and subsequent interpretation.
The scheme is generously supported by the Wolfson Foundation.
The applicant must:
The laboratory must be owned or leased by the university and should be used primarily for research, which may include postgraduate research education.
Each university can submit more than one application but only one application per department is allowed. Please note that this scheme is not intended for the construction of new buildings. Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes (PDF).
The scheme provides a grant of up to £400,000 which covers refurbishment and infrastructure costs. Please note that there will be no funding for scientific equipment, VAT or any other fees. Awards may be held for a maximum of 2 years.
Applications are initially reviewed by the Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Grants panel and then shortlisted. The applications are reviewed by two independent referees suggested by the panel members. The selection panel then meets to consider each nomination taking into account the independent references. Finally, the recommendations are sent to the Wolfson Foundation for approval, after which the applicants are notified of the result.
This scheme is currently closed to applications.
To apply for this scheme:
Paul Instrument FundFor scientists in the UK who want to design and construct a novel instrument to measure phenomena in the physical sciences.
Research GrantsFor scientists in the UK who are at an early stage of their career and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables or for academics to research the history of science.
Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment GrantFor scientists in the UK who want to refurbish or renovate their research laboratories.
International Scientific SeminarsFor Royal Society Research Fellows who want to organise a small two-day scientific seminar at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall.
See all the grant schemes.
If you have a question about this scheme, please first read the scheme notes which contain more information. If the answer is still not available, you can contact the grants team here.
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