Applying for funds? Need help?

I have spent a LOT of time writing, submitting, failing (and eventually succeeding!) on various applications for small grants and fellowships. If anyone needs advice, post questions, suggestions, requests or send me an e-mail and I’ll help with the best of my capacity.

This is a list of fellowships I’ve applied to and their outcomes:

Royal Society URF – told to re-apply if not funded by Wellcome Trust

CRUK Career development award – not funded

MRC Career development award – was invited for an interview but chose Wellcome Trust and didn’t go.

Wellcome trust Sir Henry Dale – 1 rejection after interview, another success after interview

I haven’t included any travel and small grants (Royal Society of Chemistry, Biochemical Society, others) but there are plenty as well.

I will keep all information confidential, I believe in paying it forward and many times in my life I wished I could ask someone’s honest opinion about something or at least send them a draft/slides/figures/whatever and get feedback.


What we do

We have around 1013 bacteria living in our bodies, a number comparable to the amount of human cells we possess. This community of bacteria inhabiting us is called the microbiota. The human microbiota can contribute to development, outcome and response to treatment of various diseases including cancer, bacterial and viral infections.

Why do some bacteria cause disease and can “take over” environments that they wouldn’t normally occupy? How can we keep good bacteria around and get rid or control the problematic ones?

Our research combines enzymology, structural biology, chemical biology and microbiology to understand how bacteria produce and use cyclic peptides in interspecies and interkingdom warfare and/or cooperation. Our purpose is to generate novel drugs, probes, carriers, and technologies that will allow us to control and modulate bacterial populations.