The MRC has just announced that pump priming awards are to be made available for scientists to support their work with mouse models generated and phenotyped through the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC).
The IMPC aims to investigate the function of every gene in the mouse genome. 10–25 awards will be distributed in September of 2016 and 2017. These will be between £20–40k in value. Applications are invited from UK-based research groups to receive knockout mice and carry out further investigations into their phenotypes. The aims of this initiative are to help focus the research community’s attention to the importance of using mouse knockout lines that are well validated and comprehensively phenotyped. These mouse knockout lines are available through the IMPC and here at MRC Harwell in the Mary Lyon Centre (MLC). The initiative is also a way of raising the profile of IMPC as a resource to minimise the duplication of mouse knockout work, and therefore the number of animals used in scientific research. This announcement is an exciting opportunity to highlight the important work being done by the IMPC and here at MRC Harwell. Funding smaller, pilot studies will help pave the way for more substantial studies in the future. More information about the scheme, and details about how to apply can be found on the MRC website. 23/05/2016