PCRBIO Research Grant

For UK life science researchers

We’re celebrating a decade of developing PCR reagents with the launch of a new grant for UK life science researchers

The grant offers a total of £10,000 funding for PCR reagents to scientists working in human health, microbiology, plant sciences, environment and sustainability, and all other research areas with a biological focus or which require plenty of PCR.

Applications are open from 1st September until 30th November 2022. The results will be announced, and funding will commence, in January 2023.

The PCRBIO Research Grant will be awarded as follows:

  • A main award of £8,000 of PCR reagents over 3 years
  • 4 runner up prizes of £500 of PCR reagents
  • Help and technical support with all PCR related queries pertaining to our reagents

This award is ideal for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and academics looking for funding to expand their lab. To apply, simply complete the application form below. 

Simplyfying 10 Years Research

This grant is open to full-time academic researchers of all levels, from PhD candidates to principal investigators, including lab technicians and lab managers, who submit applications on time. The grant is only available to researchers at UK academic institutions.

We encourage members of the same lab group to submit a single joint application describing all PCR work that is carried out in their lab, rather than submitting individual applications.

  1. Grants will be made out to the hosting laboratory (i.e., if you move laboratories before the grant funds are exhausted these will remain with the recipient host laboratory) in the form of credit with PCR Biosystems.
  2. By submitting your application, you certify that you have been granted all permissions required by your academic supervisor or department to process this grant. It is your responsibility to ensure this is the case prior to submission.
  3. This grant covers all PCR Biosystems reagents, excluding dNTPs and DNA markers. Exceptions can be made when a reasonable quantity of these two product types is ordered along with any enzyme and only by separate communication with your PCR Biosystems account manager.
  4. Funding will commence in January 2023 and recipients will be able to place orders up to the maximum allotted amount at their discretion, in as many orders as they choose, until midnight December 31, 2026, or until the allotted funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. Reagent cost will be deducted from the grant at the product list price.
  5. Grant applications will be assessed by an internal team of PCR experts and a shortlist will be reviewed by a mixed judging panel of internal and external research experts.
  6. PCR Biosystems retains the right to exclude any application, without giving a reason, at our own discretion.
  7. Multiple applications from the same individual will not be considered.
  8. Only one grant will be awarded per research group.
  9. Grant recipients consent to their identity and institute name being published on the PCR Biosystems website, social media, and on other promotional materials.
  10. Grant recipients agree to share at least one piece of content (lab photo or video, data image, video discussing their work with PCR Biosystems reagents, or other similar piece of content) with PCR Biosystems for promotional use. The main grant (£8000 prize) recipient agrees to share one such piece of content annually.
  11. Grant recipients agree to acknowledge PCR Biosystems funding on all works containing data generated with PCR Biosystems reagents acquired as part of the grant.
  12. Your personal data will be used for the purposes described in our privacy policy.
Professor Julian Marchesi

Professor Julian Marchesi

Professor of Digestive Health
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Professor Julian R. Marchesi graduated from Cardiff University with a PhD in biochemistry (1992) and became interested in the role bacteria play in biosystem function.  His work uses a variety of “omic” approaches such as metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabonomics and organoid culture to understand how the microbiome influences the non-communicable diseases, such as IBD and cancer and how it drives and supports disease progression and therapies. He now holds the Chair in Digestive Diseases at Imperial College London.

Jim Wicks

Jim Wicks

Founder and CEO

Dr Jim Wicks is the founder of YouSeq Ltd, an expert organisation specialising in the design, development and manufacture of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) kits, panels and reagents. Previously the founder of Primerdesign Ltd, Jim is passionate about creating fulfilling jobs and simplifying complex technologies. Jim is skilled in molecular biology, biotechnology, commercialisation, management, and start-ups, and has a PhD focused in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Southampton.

Sarah Withers

Sarah Withers

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Newcastle University

Dr Sarah Withers is a recipient of the MRC DTP pathways to impact award, which facilitates career development following completion of a PhD. For this award she is currently working at Newcastle University as a research scientist, on a project focused on a group of rare diseases known as the type I interferonopathies, a topic which she also researched during her PhD. Her projects have focused on in vivo disease modelling (both zebrafish and mice) to try and increase our understanding of these diseases.

Constantine Garagounis

Product Marketing Specialist
PCR Biosystems

Dr Constantine Garagounis studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology and has a DPhil in Plant Sciences from the University of Oxford. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher and contract lecturer on plant secondary metabolism and how it affects plant microbe interactions. He has conducted various research projects in plant synthetic biology and engineering plant metabolic pathways and lectured in corresponding courses. He is currently working as a Product Marketing Specialist for PCR Biosystems.

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