Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Grant

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

Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Grant

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 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 of a UK based research organisation or university.

The scheme is generously supported by the Wolfson Foundation.

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must:

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

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).

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.

Application process

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.

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is currently closed to applications.

To apply for this scheme:

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Contact us

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.