As part of our funding, we are providing 480 days of seedcorn use of our AS-I facilities to PhD students, the intent of which is to foster new collaborations (i.e. no previous joint publications) and new research opportunities (new methods of using techniques and multidisciplinary approaches). This will help share expertise across students’ home institutions, fostering a national collaborative approach. This provision will be spread across the four years of the WASC grant, with 60 days in 2021, 120 days in year 2022, and 150 days in years 2023 and 2024.
Upon successful application, users will be able to carry out short analytical investigations of up to two days whilst also benefiting from the expertise of our RTProfs during, and after the experiments have been carried out. In addition, we are developing an online library of AS-I training resources which will be made available to applicants via our dedicated web-portal.
Applicants must first contact the relevant AS-I facility manager (see our RTProf page) to discuss the feasibility of their investigation, before submitting a one page scientific justification outlining the specific aims of the project, why it is required, an estimate of the time needed, and what the impact of the investigation will be. After submission, the case will be reviewed by two members of the WASC management board, with the approval of both being required.
Due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to provide in-person use of the facilities, however we are still able to offer seedcorn access through running samples on behalf of users. Applicants would still get access to our highly skilled RTProfs both before the experiments to help define scope and understand theory, and afterwards to get input on data analysis in order to maximise the outputs from the access. We will be delighted to welcome you to Warwick at an appropriate time when restrictions are lifted.