The Platform award provides funding to allow continuity of support
for key researchers coming up through the members’ laboratories,
to allow such researchers to move in and out of baseline support
or into other specific projects as funding becomes available.
New inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations
are being nucleated and consolidated within an overarching research
theme, specifically between polymer chemists, physical chemists,
pharmacists, clinicians and biologists. A key function is “brainstorming”,
combined with short collaborative research secondments and other
networking activities (sandpits and “research days”).
The flexibility of Platform funding is being harnessed to enable
the career development of talented young career researchers
whilst simultaneously, providing stability and flexibility to
facilitate a longer-term strategic view on research, especially
in new research directions considered 'too risky' for normal