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Funding Opportunities

IMPRESS operates a number of funding schemes all of which are designed to support research work which aligns with the theme of novel technologies to improve the treatment and management of  urinary and/or faecal incontinence.

IMPRESS funding

Proof of Concept

This is an open call funding opportunity for pilot schemes which align with IMPRESS aims.

Funding Criteria

This funding will be awarded under EPSRC terms and conditions for FEC grants,

plus the following:

Each project will be awarded up to £3000 FEC (actual payment £2400)

Each project should be maximum 6 months duration and end before May 2018

The awardee will be asked to submit a summary of their follow-on funding strategy for approval before the start of the project

The awardee will be expected to present their work at IMPRESS events

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IMPRESS funding

Knowledge Exchange

IMPRESS Knowledge Exchange Awards are granted solely for incontinence related research. They are designed to enable researchers, including early career researchers, to:

conduct research at overseas universities
access rare facilities, high value equipment, data sets or archives not available at their home institution
access specific environments or local community groups overseas

Funding Criteria

These awards will be granted under EPSRC terms and conditions for FEC grants,

plus the following:

Awards will not typically exceed £5000 FEC (actual payment 80% FEC) from a fund of £25,000

The funding is for travel and subsistence costs only.

Visits can be from 2 weeks to 2 months and should take place within 9 months of notification of the award

An end of visit report from the awardee will be required within 4 weeks of returning from the visit

For more details please refer to the guidelines section of the application form

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IMPRESS funding

IMPRESSplus

The IMPRESSplus 2017 funding stream is designed to support novel technologies for incontinence across the full spectrum of technology readiness levels.

Our remit is broad but is focussed on step-change innovation – research which has the potential to bring significant changes to continence care rather than incremental improvements to existing technology.

Applications may address areas of need such as paediatrics, aging, and global health but we will also consider applications in any other area of need directly related in incontinence.

Up to £40,000 FEC (actual payment 80% FEC) will be granted to each successful application

Funding Criteria

These awards will be granted under EPSRC terms and conditions for FEC grants,

plus the following:

Funding is designed to support staff and consumables costs for a 6 month project with a full-time post-doctoral researcher

Funding is not intended to support costs for the supervisory team

Project duration may be no longer than 6 months

Projects must end on or before 31st May 2018

Deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 4th September 2017

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Funded Projects

Check out some of the proof of concept projects we have already funded

Proof of Concept
Project

Modelling the Physiology of Faecal Incontinence

Modelling the Physiology of Faecal Incontinence is a project which runs in parallel with another IMPRESS pilot scheme, the Tactile Sensing Capsule project at Bristol Robotics Lab…

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Proof of Concept
Project

Tactile Sensing Capsule for treating Faecal Incontinence

Tactile Sensing Capsule complements the Imperial College London’s work on modelling the physiology of faecal incontinence by investigating the use of a sensing capsule developed by…

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Proof of Concept
Project

Tactile Sensing Capsule for treating Faecal Incontinence

Tactile Sensing Capsule complements the Imperial College London’s work on modelling the physiology of faecal incontinence by investigating the use of a sensing capsule developed by…

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Proof of Concept
Project

A Fat Chance of Curing Faecal Incontinence

A Fat chance of Curing Faecal Incontinence is a bio-engineering project which addresses the need for improvements to the treatment of anal sphincter muscle failure resulting from obstetric…

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Proof of Concept
Project

Bio-Tribology of Incontinence Management Products

Bio-Tribology of Incontinence Management Products examines how, under realistic conditions, slip and contact contribute to the development of pressure ulcers on the skin in the…

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Proof of Concept
Project

Pelvic Nerve Stimulation to Control Urinary Incontinence

One current treatment for urinary incontinence is stimulation of the sacral nerve in the lower back however success rates are only around 50%. As an alternative to this…

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Proof of Concept
Project

Smarter
Sphincters

Smarter Sphincters is a pilot project starting in December 2016 and focussing on incontinence in children. The manual dexterity and mental maturity required to operate some of the…

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