The Marine Institute is pleased to launch a call for a national marine biodiscovery laboratory.
Given the collaborative and multi-disciplinary nature of marine biodiscovery, the Marine Institute established the National Biodiscovery Laboratory in 2007 to support the needs of the nascent research community in Ireland which came together with funding from the seven-year Marine Biodiscovery Beaufort research award. This multi-institutional award was aimed at developing capacity and building networks in the Irish science community to begin exploring Ireland’s marine bio-resources and develop the expertise required to detect isolate and identify bioactivity. The award led to the collection and work up of over 1400 samples of material for the Biorepository to date, 43% of which have been extracted and plated for bioactivity screening. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, neurodegenerative inhibition and anti-inflammatory assays have been performed on the extracts. Thus far, a positive hit rate of 25% has been found. This call for a national marine biodiscovery laboratory aims to maintain and strengthen Ireland’s capacity as a marine biotechnology research leader. In order to support future research it is anticipated that the project funded under this call will build on the outputs of the Beaufort Marine Award. The provision of a national marine biodiscovery laboratory is intended to support researchers seeking to explore potential bioactivity from marine sources. In addition, the laboratory, and those researchers working there, will act as a network hub for the many disciplines involved in this novel field of research.
The successful application will include sufficient research and scientific staffing to meet the research objectives listed below. In particular, proposals should include suitably qualified scientific staff who can:
- Ensure the smooth running and operation of the laboratory facilities, including liaising with relevant Marine Institute staff with regard to management of the operational budget, health & safety requirements (including administrative requirements such as insurance certifications etc.).
- Authoring/Co-authoring scientific papers based on the activities taking place in the laboratory, or collaborative activities of which the laboratory forms a part.
- Preparation and execution of further research funding proposals (both at national, EU and international level) which leverage further funding for the laboratory and the staff working there (with due regard for practical considerations in relation to capacity etc.)
It is envisaged that the successful proposal will feature staff profiles featuring a range of skills, experience and backgrounds. While the lead applicant may not be based at the Marine Institute, it is anticipated that the successful application will include a senior researcher or researchers, based full-time in the Marine Institute, who can achieve these aims. A key objective of this project is to foster and support the development of a marine biodiscovery community amongst Irish research Institutions. Collaborative proposals between Institutions are welcomed and encouraged.
Funding up to €900,000 will be provided for a three-year project. The project should be managed by a project coordinator, which will be responsible for ensuring that project management formalities as well as research outputs are delivered in a timely and presentable manner. Effective coordination is preferable at a senior level and this should be reflected in the proposal.
Additional call details including the Terms of Reference and Guidelines for Applicants are available. All applications must made through the Marine Institute's Online Grant Management System. Details on how to apply are available in the Guidelines for Applicants.
Closing Date: 16:00 (local time) Thursday 1st September 2016