Courtesy of Okuda Kazuhide Shaun. Cerebral vessels in zebrafish imaged with ZEISS confocal microscopy.
Funding Call

Mid-range Equipment for Biomedical Research

Medical Research Council (MRC)

This MRC call provides funding for biomedical research equipment. All scientific areas within MRC remit are eligible.
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Fund Overview

  • Fund Scope

    The fund encourages applications of the following nature:

    The primary purpose of the equipment must be biomedical research. Applicant must be a researcher from an eligible UK research organisation. You can apply for:

    1. New equipment/ capability
    2. Replacement of existing equipment, provided you outline any additional
     capacity or capability to be gained as a result of the replacement.

    Initial installation and service maintenance contracts can be included if they are one-off costs and part of manufacturer's offer. Service maintenance contracts up to five years in duration may be included but the contract cost must be paid by 28 February 2025.

  • Fund Value

    Applicants may seek one piece of capital equipment with a minimum value of £100,000 (inc. VAT) up to £800,000 at 100% full economic costing.


    Call opens: 6th October 2023 (9:00)
    Call closes: 16th January 2024 (16:00)

ZEISS Solutions for MRC Equipment Funding Call

Here are some recommended solutions that meet the application criteria, note that this is not an exhaustive list. Contact us for more information.

  • ZEISS LSM 980

    with Airyscan 2

    To analyze life with as little disturbance as possible, you must use low labeling density for your biological models. This requires excellent imaging performance combined with low phototoxicity and high speed. LSM 980, your platform for confocal 4D imaging, is optimized for simultaneous spectral detection of multiple weak labels with the highest light efficiency.

  • ZEISS Celldiscoverer 7

    with LSM 900 (Confocal)

    Combine the ease of use of an automated microscope with the image quality and flexibility of a research microscope. Whether working with 2D or 3D cell cultures, tissue or small model organisms, you will acquire better data in shorter times with this automated live cell imaging platform. Add LSM 900 with Airyscan 2 to gently image dynamic processes with highest framerates in superresolution.

  • ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7

    ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7 makes light sheet fluorescence microscopy available for live cell imaging at subcellular resolution – while also allowing you to use your standard sample carriers. With this automated, easy-to-use system, volumetric imaging of subcellular structures and dynamics over hours and days with best protection from photo damage becomes available to everyone. Discover the dynamics of life in unprecedented depth of detail – with the ease you never imagined possible!

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