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LIV-SRF Voucher Scheme

The LIV-SRF Voucher Scheme helps researchers access our Shared Research Facilities

The LIV-SRF Voucher Scheme is designed to fund small pump-priming projects that have the potential to develop new areas of research by offsetting the costs of accessing our Shared Research Facilities (SRFs)

Who can apply? The voucher scheme is open to the following researchers within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Faculty of Science and Engineering:

  • Academic Staff
  • Research Fellows
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs)
    • Senior PDRAs able to demonstrate a clear line of sight to future funding are eligible to apply as a main applicant with support from their HoD and with their PI / Supervisor as a co-applicant.
    • Junior PDRAs can apply as a co-applicant with their PI / Supervisor as the main applicant.
  • PGR students
    • Students in their third or fourth year of study can apply to the scheme as a co-applicant with their PI / Supervisor as main applicant.
    • Students in their first and second year of study are not eligible to apply as either a co-applicant or main applicant

How much can I apply for? Vouchers are available for a minimum value of £500 to a maximum of £15,000 inlcuding match funding. 

How long do I have to complete the voucher? All work undertaken as part of a voucher award should be completed within 12 months of the date of the award notification.

Where do I find out more? To find out more about the scheme, please download the guidance notes which we strongly advise you to read carefully.

When is the deadline for applications? Applications can be submitted until 5pm 25th November 2022.

Please note: applicants must discuss their project and have the application form signed off by SRFs by 11th November 2022.  Applications will not be considered by SRF leads / manager after this point.

Ready to apply? Great - download the application form.

As part of the LIV-SRF seminar series, we recently hosted a seminar focussing on the voucher scheme.  We welcomed three speakers who shared their experience of the scheme from the applicant's perspective right through to an academic lead and  assessor's point of view.  You can view the seminar recording via the LIV-SRF intranet page (sign in required)


If you have used one of our Shared Research Facilities or have been awarded a voucher, please help us to maintain our funding by acknowledging us in any papers, posters or talks you give.  

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