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Discipline hopping awards

This scheme was administered by the MRC

An annual competition with the application deadline around November each year.


  • MRC
  • STFC

Funding total


Number of projects funded

40 applications were received; 15 funded (38%).


Provides short-term support to pump-prime interdisciplinary research, with the aim of fostering longer-term collaborations between engineering and the physical and life sciences.

Key aims

  • To encourage researchers to develop imaginative ways of using techniques or expertise from the physical sciences to tackle biological or medical related problems, and vice versa
  • To provide contact time between engineers, physical scientists and life scientists by awarding them funds for replacement salaries to ‘buy out’ their own time
  • To promote future collaborations and larger-scale interdisciplinary research through the scheme