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Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Grant

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to refurbish or renovate their research laboratories.

High-throughput screening machine. Credit: GUSTOIMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

This scheme 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 present focus is 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 can 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 Wolfson Foundation

The scheme is funded by the Wolfson Foundation.   


Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • have a PhD
  • have a permanent (not fixed term) post in a UK university
  • be working in an area relevant to infectious disease, excluding clinical medicine

The laboratory must be owned by the university and should be used primarily for research, which may include postgraduate research education. The planned refurbishment must support the improvement of existing physical infrastructure.

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.

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The scheme provides a grant of up to £250,000 which covers refurbishment and infrastructure costs, can include start-up research equipment up to a maximum of £50,000. Please note that there will be no funding for VAT or any other fees. Awards may be held for a maximum of 2 years.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®).

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.