Connect Immune Research, a partnership of charities related to autoimmune conditions, has launched a new grant scheme for early career researchers. The Lab Placement Grants are designed to fund researchers to undertake a formal placement at a selected laboratory to learn a new skill and/or technique, or to carry out experiments essential to a project.

The following funding pots will be made available by the Connect Immune Research Lab Placement Grants: 

- Overseas placement - up to £1,500 per grant

- UK placement (outside host institution/hometown) - up to £1,000 per grant 

These new grants will fund researchers from year 2 of their PhD up to and including those with 5 years' postdoctoral experience who meet the necessary requirements. 

Connect Immune Research is a partnership between Alopecia UK, Bowel Research UK, British Society of Immunology (BSI), British Thyroid Foundation, Coeliac UK, JDRF, MS Society, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance (PAPAA), Royal Free Charity and Versus Arthritis. The aim of the partnership is to bring together researchers with expertise in different autoimmune conditions to facilitate the faster progression of research, reduce costs and speed up development of diagnostics and treatments. 

Alopecia UK will be contributing to the funding for the first round of the Lab Placement Grants, alongside BSI, Coeliac UK, JDRF, MS Society and Versus Arthritis. 

The closing date for this current round of funding is Thursday 22nd December 2022. Find out more, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, here