The Centre was a £44m flagship project, with more than £27 million of the initial costs generously supported by these six organisations.
The Wellcome Trust
We secured a £4.9m Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust to fund multi-scale and multi-modal assessment of coupling in the healthy and diseased brain.
It uniquely combines the very best neuroimaging expertise, equipment and techniques to answer the fundamental question of how continuous interactions of electrical, chemical, vascular and metabolic processes result in the multi-scale network activity that underpins inter-individual differences in cognition, and key behavioural/functional brain changes in disease.
This will transform our understanding of the working brain and guide approaches aimed at remedial action when normal coupling is disturbed.
The award, which is still active, brings together academics from Cardiff, Imperial College London, Nottingham and Oxford Universities, and provides funding for 11 senior postdoctoral fellowships.
Medical Research Council
Through the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative, we secured £6.7m, including £3.4m from the Welsh Government for the ultra-high field (7 Tesla) human MRI.
This is being used to investigate brain diseases, including dementia, schizophrenia, other mental health conditions and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s disease.
Through the same initiative, we received a further £800,000 funding contribution from Dementias Platform UK for a new advanced 3 Tesla neuro-focused MRI system.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
The National Facility for In Vivo MR Imaging of Human Tissue Microstructure was established with the support of a £3m Strategic Equipment Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The funded project, developing new MRI methods for quantifying tissue structure at the microscopic scale, was led by a national multi-disciplinary team of physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians, has established a shared hardware platform to enable the development of a new measurement science, redefining the MRI scanner as a truly quantitative microstructural measurement tool.
The Wolfson Foundation
The Wolfson Foundation awarded the University a £1m infrastructure award to support the establishment of the National Facility for In Vivo MR Imaging of Human Tissue Microstructure.
This complements the award of £2.9m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support the purchase of this specialised MR scanner and associated equipment for this world-leading facility.
The Welsh Government
In October 2013, the Welsh Government Department for Economy, Science and Transport awarded £6m of funding towards the development of the Maindy Road Park Campus.
Our objectives are aligned with those set out in the Welsh Government’s Policy Statement on Higher Education, including the following priorities:
- interact with businesses to stimulate innovation and economic growth
- work to enhance the employability of all graduates, whatever their age, background or course of study
- make best use of opportunities to exploit new technologies
- strive to provide the highest quality learning experience to all those with the potential to benefit
- develop the sector’s reputation for excellence in research
- develop more flexible models of provision to build a more successful and sustainable future.
European Regional Development Fund
In June 2015, we were awarded £4,578,474 from the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government, towards the construction of our building.
The funds seek to support growth in the Welsh economy and help attract further investment to position Wales as a global leader in ground breaking research and innovation.
We house one of the most powerful MRI scanners in Europe, as well as brain-stimulation equipment, sleep laboratories and drug-trial facilities.