In response to the ImmInst Science call
5 expressions of interest were received, 2 were shortlisted and reviewed.
Perhaps surprisingly, there were no completely unsubstantial submissions. The 3 projects that didn't make it further were not a great fit for this scheme, or not developed enough. We hope to be contacting the proposers soon and explore ways in which these ideas could still come to fruition.
Of the two shortlisted projects, one is smaller, more basic-research oriented using nematodes.
The second is larger, more therapy-oriented using mice.
Our current plan is to be bold and try to fund both!
We plan to start with the former project very soon and if all goes well, begin fund-raising for the second project in early Autum. As these will be matched fundraisers, we will be seeking the Membership endorsement for this course of action - this unfortunately means a slight delay at the moment, as we are still working to re-establish accurate membership records after the software failure earlier this year.