AMR Seed Funding

Scope of Award

Following on from SULSA’ 2018 AMR conference, this fund is supported by the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) and is aimed at forming new collaborations to address challenges surrounding antimicrobial resistance.


  • This funding is to enable researchers to gather preliminary data and develop proposals with the aim of attracting further funding from external sources.
  • Projects should show demonstrable potential for securing funding leverage.
  • This scheme is not for continued funding of existing projects.
  • Researchers can apply for a maximum of £8,000 for a 12 month project.
  • We expect to award between 5-6 grants in this call.
  • Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
Awarded Projects
  • Prof. Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh), Prof. Gail McConnell (Strathclyde) and Nicholas Bommer (Edinburgh): Catheter-associated urinary tract infections: linking AMR to biofilm formation.
  • Dr Till Bachmann (Edinburgh), Prof. Andrew Porter (Aberdeen), Dr Soumya Soman Palliyil (Aberdeen) and Dr Holger Schulze (Edinburgh): Electrochemical biosensor for the detection of bacterial quorum sensing compounds in respiratory diseases.
  • Dr Katherine Duncan (Strathclyde), Dr Eulyn Pagaling (James Hutton Institute), Prof. Tim Daniell (James Hutton Institute), Prof. Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh) and Dr Simon Titmuss (Edinburgh): Microbial microfluidic drug discovery – 21st Century innovation to accelerate the Fleming antibiotic discovery pipeline.
  • Dr Stephen Fox (Glasgow), Dr Cosmika Goswami (Glasgow) and Dr Kerry Pettigrew (St Andrews): Genome Sequencing of Carbapenemase- Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) from Scottish Hospitals for AMR genes and their mobile elements.
  • Dr Gillian Halket (Strathclyde) and Prof. Carol Munro (Aberdeen): Antifungal potential of compounds produced by thermophilic Actinobacteria from compost, upon strains of azole resistant Aspergillus fumigatus.
  • Dr Charles Knapp (Strathclyde), Dr Fiona Henriques (University of the West of Scotland), Prof. Rosalind Allen (Edinburgh), Dr Andrew Free (Edinburgh), Dr Eulyn Pagaling (James Hutton Institute), Dr Lisa Avery (James Hutton Institute) and Dr Richard Allan (James Hutton Institute): The effect of drinking water treatment on antimicrobial resistance.

Dementia Seed Funding

Scope of Award

To mark the arrival of the UK Dementia Research Institute in Scotland, the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) and The University of Edinburgh are providing funding for collaborative projects between Scottish Universities in the dementia space.

This fund is to provide researchers with an opportunity to form new collaborations and apply for seed-funding to kick start innovative new research projects in the dementia field.

Projects should show demonstrable potential for securing funding leverage. This scheme is not for continued funding of existing projects.

Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Awarded Projects
  • Dr Jenni Harvey (Dundee), Dr Gayle Doherty (St Andrews) and Dr Stephen Martin (Dundee): Evaluating the brain penetrability and cognitive enhancing actions of leptin- derived hexamers
  • Dr Christian Wozny (Strathclyde) and Prof. Tara Spires-Jones (Edinburgh): Assessing the role of GABAergic interneurons in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dr Gayle Doherty (St Andrews), Dr Jenni Harvey (Dundee) and Dr Rebecca Goss (St Andrews): Receptor interactions of bioactive leptin fragments – a promising therapeutic lead for dementia
  • Prof. Danielle Gunn-Moore (Edinburgh), Prof. Joanna Wardlaw (Edinburgh) and Prof. Frank Gunn-Moore (St Andrews): The use of voxel-based morphometry as an in vivo tool to assess brain atrophy in the brains of domestic cats
  • Prof. Andrew Tobin (Glasgow), Ms Paulina Valuskova (Glasgow) and Dr Shuzo Sakata (Strathclyde): Mapping the neuronal networks in neurodegeneration

Optical Imaging Funding

Scope of Award

This funding was provided by the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA), Scottish Imaging Network (SINAPSE) and Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and is aimed at new research, and establishing or fostering research collaborations between academia and industry to drive novel optical imaging research in the context of healthcare and medicine. 

Funding can be sought for a broad range of activities relating to any research or partnership activity with industry, e.g.

  • Consumables
  • Facilities access
  • Travel to consortium meetings
  • Travel for establishing network connections
  • Attend or host meetings of academic and external partners at any stage during the preparation of applications
  • Run workshops to share experience and best practice with regard to Industrial collaborations
  • Co-ordinate meetings to engage with SMEs and to share best practice with regard to this engagement
  • Funding for academics travelling to consortium meetings where they introduce a UK-based SME
  • Showcasing skills and capabilities
  • Participating in specific networking activities both for policy influencing and project preparation
Awarded Projects
  • Dr Calum Brown (University of Edinburgh) and Optos (Dunfermline, Jano van Hemert): Liquid Crystal Lasers: Towards Retinal Disease Diagnostics
  • Dr Ali Dun (Heriot Watt University) and Devro (Glasgow): Using Advanced Microscopy to Study the Process of Fat Digestion for Application(s) in the Food Science Industry
  • Dr Leandro Lemgruber (University of Glasgow) and Zeiss (UK), Nikon (UK), Bitplane (Germany): Facilities Open Day Series in Connection with the Scottish Microscopy Group
  • Dr Richard McCracken (Heriot Watt University) and Scientifica (UK): Wavelength–versatile Pulsed Laser Sources for
    Multiphoton Microscopy
  • Dr Tom MacGillvray (University of Edinburgh) and Optos (Dunfermline, Jano van Hemert): Building a Transatlantic Optical Eye Imaging Consortium
  • Dr Patricia Martin and Prof. Gail McConnell (Universities of Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde) and Tissue Solutions (Glasgow): Skin Deep: New Mesoscopic Imaging of Large Tissue Volumes at High Resolution
  • Dr Shigeng Song (University of the West of Scotland) and Wideblue (Glasgow): Development of a Low Cost Miniaturised Hyperspectral Imaging Camera Incorporating Linear Variable Optical Filters for Medical Imaging Applications