As part of Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Stem Cell Network’s (SCN) on-going partnership, which started in 2022, the MRC and SCN are each investing up to $180,000 CAD/£112,000 GBP over two years to support new and developing collaborations between the UK and Canada’s researchers in regenerative medicine, encouraging the sharing of techniques and skills through a reciprocal exchange program.

The purpose of the MRC-SCN UK-Canada Exchange Program Awards is primarily to provide new skills to researchers, including MSc/PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, technicians, and newly independent investigators, and to build new links between UK- and Canada-based scientists. The awards can be used for travel, accommodation, and site visits or conference attendance in either country, and will serve to add value to the research taking place in both countries by facilitating closer collaboration.

The application process is currently closed.

The Stem Cell Network and MRC would like to congratulate the 2024 Awardees:

Canadian Awardees traveling to the UK

Betty (Ying) Li from Carleton University will be hosted at Nottingham Trent University
Brad Currier from McMaster University will be hosted at University of Nottingham
Harry Chun Man Cheng from University of British Columbia will be hosted at The Francis Crick Institute
Samantha Flood from Western University will be hosted at the University of Liverpool
Spencer Short of Ottawa Hospital Research Institute will be hosted at the University of Edinburgh

UK Awardees traveling to Canada

Alicja Kuziola from King’s College London will be hosted at the University of Victoria
Elena Ureña Horno from the University of Liverpool will be hosted at Western University
Hannah Crossland from the University of Nottingham will be hosted at McMaster University
Maria Heim from the University of Edinburgh will be hosted at the University of Ottawa
Victor Diez Guardia at King’s College London will be hosted at York University

View announcement here.

For questions about this program and application process, please contact (trainingSCN@stemcellnetwork.ca) and Holger Apitz (Holger.Apitz@mrc.ukri.org).

About the MRC
Promoting stem cell research, regenerative medicine and advanced therapies is a priority for MRC and the UK government, and MRC is committed to supporting research in this area, towards improving human health. In addition, the MRC has a leading national role in training future research leaders across a range of biomedical, clinical and health disciplines, and we are a signatory to the concordat to support the career development of researchers. The development and movement of talented people and their ideas is critical to the success of the UK research and innovation system, and MRC supports international partnerships to tackle important and challenging research goals.