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ACB £50k COVID-19 Scholarship Programme supported by Abbott

04/06/2020 15:25:25

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In response to the global pandemic, ACB’s scholarship programme has been enhanced and accelerated to support rapid innovation related to COVID-19 with support from Abbott.

The £50,000 scholarship fund is open to applications from innovative ACB scientists to develop scientific research projects that improve the care of COVID-19 patients. 


Assessors of applications will be looking for the following:

  • a clear vision of how the project could improve the care of COVID-19 patients
  • scientific research and innovation projects that are pan-pathology and/or multi-disciplinary
  • potential for industry partnership which could include existing partnership(s)
  • a timetable of costs and activity indicating when funds will need to be drawn down within a twelve-month period
  • a development pathway for the project to further stages of funding and partnership
  • a commitment to share learning and demonstrate progress at meetings and via appropriate media channels

All ACB members are eligible to apply however early career grade members are particularly encouraged to apply. Only open to ACB members - to become a member email Mike Lester

The ACB COVID-19 Scientific Scholarship Offer

ACB is devoting its entire scientific scholarship budget for 2020 to this programme. With support from Abbott, the total available funds for distribution is £50,000. The allocation of these funds, which could be for one or multiple projects, will be determined by the Scholarship Committee dependent on the quality and requirement of selected projects. The limit for each application will be £20,000.

In addition to funding, ACB will offer access to expert advice and mentoring to support successful projects on the development journey beyond the initial funding. This could include such support as:

  • introductions to further grants/funders
  • support with proposals and bids
  • skills support for presentations, media, communications
  • business planning and budgeting advice
  • attendance and presentations of selected project(s) at relevant ACB meetings such as FOCUS & Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM)

How to apply

Applicants are requested to fully complete the application form, and send a copy in Microsoft Word format by e-mail to Victoria Miari Deputy Director of Scientific Affairs by midnight 12 July 2020.

Please send informal queries to

Become an ACB member

Applicants must be ACB members to be eligible to apply. If you would like to become an ACB member, please contact Mike Lester

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