I think we have a possibility of redirecting our UKRI grant towards this project; however, it ends in 4 months’ time and we’d not be in the lab to offer support; moreover, the project is so close to completion and we need that final push, if ever we can return to the lab! I’ll check on some of the costs (we did have an element of ADME Tox we might be able to use towards this project)
My feeling is that the best way to use resources, if they can be sought, would be to have funds to continue to enable the CROs to make the molecules and also companies to test the compounds. We’d get so much more bang for our buck as the CROs and companies are absorbing a lot of the overheads already, have groups of chemists and biologists, not just one person, have momentum, PLUS they are permitted,under strict guidelines to work. Were I to obtain a grant from a UKRI, it would pay 80% of costs; a postdoc for 1 year would cost around 130K! Max resources are usually around 17K to pay for chemicals.
I don’t mind writing grants, and we get a decent return, so fire some of those opportunities my way and I’ll give them a go… Don’t want to step on toes but happy to bring in money in other ways. We’ll have to coordinate, maybe, offline.