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Cash boost to INSPIRE science careers

21 March 2012

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Cardiff neuroscientists looking to work with youngsters and inspire the next generation of scientists will be able to bid for new grants of up to £5,000 thanks to a unique business link-up.

As part of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s commitment to developing the next generation of UK scientists they have teamed-up with the University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute to offer three grants of £5,000 each year, for the next three years, under their INSPIRE Grant programme.

The INSPIRE Grant programme offers financial support to develop community projects, promote science education and encourage community involvement.

"The purpose of the Thermo Fisher Scientific INSPIRE Grant programme is to support projects in the community that fulfil our commitment to inspire young people to pursue careers in science which will eventually lead to advances that will make the world healthier, cleaner and safer," according to Martin Cole, Thermo Fisher’s UK Sales Manager.

"Cardiff University is the first university in Europe to be offered access to our INSPIRE programme and we look forward to working alongside their leading academics from across the University to develop projects to enthuse the next generation of neuroscientists."

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute brings together world-class leaders in ground-breaking neuroscience and mental health research seeking answers to the major mental disorders, which represent some of society’s biggest challenges.

The Research Institute already delivers a programme of engagement activities working with young people including a series of events to celebrate Brain Awareness Week and the Brain Bee competition – which works with local schoolchildren to develop an interest in neuroscience.

Professor Mike Owen, Director of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute said: "We are delighted to be the first university and Research Institute in Europe to be chosen by Thermo Fisher Scientific to offer these grants.

"We have some of the best scientists working in neuroscience and mental health and we want to help encourage the next generation. Funding like, Thermo Fisher’s INSPIRE Grant play a vital role in helping our academics engage with young people."

Academics across Cardiff University will be able to submit applications to access the funding. Successful applications will be decided by a joint panel of members from the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Further details on the application process is available by contacting the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute at:

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