Through the Network Centre, there are opportunities for pump-priming funds, equipment grants and travel awards.

Our Peer Review process

All applications for funds are reviewed by the Organising Committee, with conflicts of interest appropriately managed.

There are 3 rounds of grant calls in each financial year. The deadline for applications to our grants are as followed:

  • 30 October
  • 30 January
  • 30 April

Recently funded projects

In 2022, the East Network Centre awarded 1 Equipment Grant, 7 Pump Priming Grant and 16 Travel Grant.

Type of Award Project PI Collaborators Amount Awarded
Equipment Three functional near-infrared spectroscopy caps for whole-head Emilia Butters Gemma Bale, John O’Brien
Su Li, Hatice Gunes, Kate
Baker, Tristan Bekinschtein, Duncan Astle, Rebecca Lawson
PPG Characterisation of microglial activation and synapse loss in progressive supranuclear palsy Annelies Quaegebeur James Rowe, Sanne Kaalund


PPG Establishing blood test biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease David Whiteside Timothy Ritttman, Ed Needham, Michael Hornberger £5,000
PPG Sex, Menopause and spontaneous Alzheimer’s disease Matthew Pontifex Michael Muller £4,936
PPG Isolating and characterizing the translatome from human Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) brains Muhammad Ali Bangash £5,000
PPG Investigating the gut brain connections in early cognitive decline and dementia


Emily Connell David Vauzour


PPG Development of a platform for rapid translation of radiotracers for imaging mutant huntingtin’s protein aggregates in Huntington’s disease Selena Milicevic Sephton Catherine Dickmann, Franklin I. Aigbirhio, Roger Barker, Yanyan Zhao £5000
PPG Identifying novel regulators of BDNF-TrkB signalling in young and aged adults and Alzheimer’s patients by investigating the TrkB protein interactome Julia Zbiegly


Julie Q Lin



The Cambridge Network has also awarded 46 travel grants in the period 2018/2019. These are split approximately 50/50 between PHD students and Post-doc/ERCs.

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