Christabel Pankhurst Institute – Call for seed corn projects 2022/2023

The Christabel Pankhurst Institute has been awarded funds to support a number of seed corn projects. The aim of this funding is to support multidisciplinary and collaborative research proposals in health technology research and innovation. Applications should be between £10,000-£25,000 GBP. The total amount of funding available is £75,000 GBP and we aim to support as many projects as we can. The funds need to be spent by 31st July 2023 and there is no flexibility around this.

Eligibility for and terms of the funding are as follows:

  • Proposals must have two UoM Principal Investigators, one who is active in technology research and one who is active in biology, medicine or health research.
  • Proposals must involve collaborators from industry, NHS, social care, and/or public sector, and create new multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral partnerships.
  • Proposals should focus on translational research for health technology, and be linked to one of the three Pankhurst technology areas (digital health and care, AI, and advanced materials).
  • Proposals must clearly define plans for future funding applications that will be developed as a result of the project.
  • Funds cannot be transferred to subcontracting organisations, so any salary costs must be for a named member of UoM research staff. Salary overheads (e.g. estates and indirect costs) will not be covered by this funding. The funding cannot be used for capital expenditure.
  • The call is open to all UoM staff.
  • Submission deadline is Thursday 22nd December 2022, 5pm GMT.


To facilitate the formation of new collaborations and partnerships, we have set up a Well Sorted study ( If you are looking for collaborators, we encourage you to use this website to describe your research ideas and interests before 8th December. Based on this we will identify groups of researchers with similar interests, and set up MS Teams workspaces for them.

If you have any questions about this call, please contact Pankhurst Operational Director Ruth Norris,