This scheme aimed to improve the existing physical infrastructure in UK universities to promote high quality scientific research.
Funding for each round supported a particular subject area. The most recent focus was on "Infectious Disease", which can be interpreted widely to include:
- infections of humans and animals, including cellular and molecular biology, microbial physiology, biodiversity, animal models and structural biology relating to these diseases
- disease susceptibility, immunity and resistance in natural hosts, animal models and vectors
- infectious disease distribution and transmission (including methodologies such as epidemiology, mathematical modelling, bioinformatics and statistics).
The proposed refurbishment could either be for a UK laboratory or an overseas laboratory wholly or majority owned and operated by a UK based research organisation or university.
The scheme was funded by the Wolfson Foundation.