Strand 1 – Theme 2: ECRs / Newcomers to Phenomics
PhenomUK Research Infrastructure is a £2.4 M Scoping Activity supported by the UKRI Infrastructure Fund. Launched in February 2023, this two-year project aims to define and pilot a nationwide distributed research infrastructure, with regional sites, which will enable new ways of working and cultural shift in the UK’s approach to plant phenomics.
The Access to Facilities pilot aims to identify challenges associated with accessing current infrastructure and expertise in a distributed network. The pilot will fund a number of activities that address these challenges.
Funding for access trials
A virtual workshop will be held on Thursday Dec 14th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on zoom to provide further information on this funding call.
In this round of funding, we invite applications that address the challenges of ECRs/Newcomers to Phenomics. In this activity we wish to support projects that encourage both Early Career Researchers (ECRs), Research Technical Professionals (RTPs) and other researchers new to the field of Plant Phenomics to apply to work with existing phenomics facilities.
An application might involve an applicant travelling to another site to use a specific facility. Alternatively, an applicant might need phenomics measurements to be made at a site under their control.
We expect the provider of the phenomics facility to have the necessary equipment and trained staff in place to help with the project. The newcomer needs to have the biological material and a tractable scientific question (the call is not to develop phenomics approaches but to apply existing approaches)
We want to find out what barriers exist to these sorts of activities. These might be administrative (what kind of an agreement/contract is required to work at the collaborating site), logistical (is it possible for the ECR to spend significant amounts of time at another site or move samples to another site), are trained staff available for training / running experiments, equipment availability, is getting access to the facilities / IT systems an issue, health and safety training required etc? What does it cost?
There will be another round of funding in Spring 2024 (funds permitting) this will focus on custom phenomics (low-cost, 3D-printed phenomics equipment).