How to apply

How to apply

Below you will find information regarding the Application process and criteria, including the online application form. 


  • Application open: 08/02/19
  • Information session: 20/02/19 - University of Glasgow, Wolfson Medical School Building, Gannochy Lecture Theatre. 11.00-12.30
  • Application closing date: 30/4/19
  • Shortlisted teams will be confirmed by: May 2019
  • Team Workshop 1: 29/5/19, Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical School Building
  • Team Workshop 2: 27/6/19, Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical School Building
  • Team Workshop 3: 25/7/19, Senate Room, Main Building 
  • Team Workshop 4: TBC
  • The MVLS Science Den will take place on: 26/09/19

Application Process

An application call will be circulated on 08/2/19 inviting applications from teams of 2-5 early-career researchers to submit an application. Teams which include an industrial collaborator are encouraged. Similarly, applications which include team members from the College of Science and Engineering; Physics; Chemistry etc. are encouraged.  Lead applicants must be PhD students within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. Teams can consist of:

  • PhD student(s) within MVLS (at least two per team).
  • MRes student (optional).
  • MVLS research staff within eight years of the award of their PhD (restricted to only one member of research staff per team). 
  • Industrial collaborator (optional).

* Applicants must be working or studying at the University of Glasgow until 26th September 2019.

Applications will be shortlisted by an independent panel (senior members of staff different from judges panel) during May 2019.

Application Criteria

The definition of an Innovation is open and could be one of many things including (but not confined to) a compound, app, kit, device or technique. The competition is open to novel ideas at any stage of development. You may already have a proto-type or the Innovation may just be an evolving concept. The Innovation should address a biological problem. Perhaps it is something that will help researchers to perform better research, or something which helps put current research into practise by taking research outside of the lab setting to make an impact and improve people’s lives. It could even be something which helps promote or leads to better understanding of the biological sciences. We also welcome ideas which could be commercial products of ideas to foster new spin out companies. Designs will be judged on their novelty, credibility, achievability and potential to create impact.

Applications should demonstrate and focus on the following criteria:

  • The degree of novelty, timeliness and originality of the idea and the mix of disciplines – applications which include collaboration with colleagues from other colleges and industrial partners are particularly welcome.
  • The extent to which the research team has the necessary skills to realise the aims of the application.
  • The potential impact of the research.
  • The extent to which the application details how the team will be sustained after the duration of the award and the longer term plans of the team.
  • The planned outcomes of the project in terms of external funding applications and publications.
  • Consideration of any commercial opportunities that may arise from the project idea. 
  • Alignment with the University strategic plan and MVLS priority research themes.

The winning team will be awarded the £10,000 first prize which should be spent within 2 years of receipt. It is a condition of acceptance of the prize that the money will be used for the development of the innovation. This may be for marketing, advertising, market research, research and development costs, laboratory consumables, Contract Research Organisation services outside of the University and any reasonable costs associated with realising the potential of the winning innovation. The funds should not be used for research that is unrelated to development of the innovation, funding research where there are already funds in place, extending the contracts of individuals working on the innovation or hiring new University employees to work on the innovation. Please familiarise yourself with the Full Terms and Conditions available here

MOCK - Application Form example

Below you will find a 'Mock - Application Form 2019'. This has been designed to give you an idea of the level of detail and type of application you could submit. Please note, the scope of the innovation is open and could be one of many things including (but not confined to) a compound, app, kit, device or technique. What we are really trying to say is that we are open to as many exciting and wonderful ideas you have! So get applying! ‌

MOCK - Application form 2019

What if your team is shortlisted?

Shortlisted teams will be provided with plenty of support to help tailor their pitch for the final event. There will be workshops providing support and guidance in the run up to the event. Also our team of Mentors will be on hand to give some great tips. See who our mentors are here.