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Investigating the Natural History of Ring Chromosome 20 Syndrome

We are inviting clinicians and scientists to submit proposals for a research project focused on the natural history of Ring Chromosome 20 Syndrome. This call aims to support in-depth studies that will enhance our understanding of this rare genetic disorder and its progression over time.

Why Natural History Studies Are Needed

Natural history studies are vital for gaining insights into the progression and spectrum of symptoms associated with Ring Chromosome 20 Syndrome. These studies can help in identifying potential therapeutic targets and improving clinical care for individuals living with this condition.

Funding Details

  • Budget: Up to £80,000 for a maximum three-year project (opportunities for match funding may be sought)
  • Usage: Funds are designated for salaries, project costs, and related expenses.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must hold a permanent post at an eligible institution.
  • Submission Limit: Only one application is permitted per centre.

Multi-centre applications for an international study are strongly encouraged.

Ring20 Terms and Conditions will be made available at the Full Application stage.

Selection Process

Given the limited funds, the selection process for proposals is highly competitive. The Ring20 International Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will evaluate applications at both the shortlisting and full application stages. Considerations will include:

  • The candidate’s track record and potential (experience working with rare genetic epilepsies is favourable).
  • The quality and relevance of the proposed project.
  • ‘Value for money’ of the proposed project.
  • The support and environment provided by the host institution.

Preference will be given to applications from international consortia.
Proposals that offer opportunities for match-funding (to extend the remit of the study) will be favourably considered.

Application Guidelines

Applications will be assessed on a 2-stage basis:

  1. Expressions of Interest (EOI)
  2. Full Application
    In the EOI we want to hear from you…

How your proposal will help people with r(20) syndrome in 1, 5 and 10 years?

The EOI form comprises: PI details (+ co-applicants if applicable), budget, duration, abstract (max 300 words + references), research experience. We will also require a short CV to be attached.

  • No Additional Material: Please refrain from sending a covering letter, additional material, supporting references, or directing the SAC to any external resources, such as personal or departmental websites.
  • Word Limits: Adherence to word limits is mandatory. Non-compliance may lead to disqualification.
  • Figures and Tables: These can be included for explanatory purposes in full applications only. Please use low-resolution figures to reduce file size.
  • References: Limit to 10 in the Expressions of Interest form and 30 in the full application.
  • Ethics: Whilst we cannot insist that applicants have ethics approval prior to application, Ring20 will need to be clear that the ethical framework is in progress at each review point.

Expressions of Interest are invited until the application deadline:

Friday, 31st May 2024


Plain English Summary

All full applications must include a plain English summary detailing:

  • The background and objectives of the proposed research.
  • Specific aims and methodologies to be employed (including patient recruitment).
  • The significance and potential impact of the research, particularly for individuals affected by Ring Chromosome 20 Syndrome.

We look forward to receiving innovative proposals that will contribute significantly to the understanding of Ring Chromosome 20 Syndrome and potentially improve the lives of those affected by it.