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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


Pre-announcement: 18ALERT: Mid-Range Equipment Initiative

(16 August 2018)

Pre-announcement: 18ALERT: Mid-Range Equipment Initiative

Call status: Closed
Call opens: 3 September 2018
Application deadline: 25 October 2018, 16:00


The 2018 ALERT call aims to enhance the capability of the UK research base in areas of science in our remit. Applications are invited for mid-range equipment costing over £200,000 including VAT. Applications will typically be from groups of researchers in one or more eligible institutions for instrumentation to be deployed on a multi-project and multi-use basis.


Advanced research equipment and the development of capability is a key component in maintaining the competitiveness of the UK research base. Our Strategic Plan (see downloads) highlights the importance of building long-term capacity and capability in the research base by supporting the acquisition of the equipment and technologies that are essential for cutting edge bioscience research.

The capital equipment budget for this call is approximately £10 million.


18ALERT will be open to institutions and researchers normally eligible to apply to BBSRC managed-mode calls. Categories of eligible organisations can be found in section three of our grants guide. A list of IROs can be found on the UK Research and Innovation website.

Investigators can only submit one application as PI, although the can be part of a consortium while being PI in another application. A Research Organisation may submit more than one application; however we encourage Research Organisations to discuss and prioritise their submissions given the limited budget available.


The 18ALERT call is for capital funding only. Applications that request any other costs will be rejected before peer review.

More information about scope of the call and how to apply will be available on 3 September 2018.

Applicants are advised to wait until the full call guidance is published before drafting a proposal since there will be revisions to the call guidance compared to previous years.