Our application process

First stage review

  • LifeArc’s panel prioritise target proposals based on suitability criteria
  • First stage review meetings are held every 2 months (6 times a year)
  • Successful applicants are invited to submit a more detailed project proposal for further evaluation

Second stage review

  • LifeArc collaborates with the PI and host technology transfer office to produce a detailed confidential project proposal, including an initial project plan
  • External reviewers with drug discovery expertise evaluate the proposal
  • LifeArc’s panel evaluate the proposal and the reviewer comments at a review meeting
  • Second stage review meetings are held every 4 months (3 times a year)
  • Successful project proposals are moved forward to LifeArc’s drug discovery labs for feasibility


  • LifeArc and PI build a collaborative project team and refine a detailed project plan, including feasibility criteria for exploratory experimental work such as reproducing key results from the PI’s project
  • A collaboration agreement is negotiated between LifeArc and the PI’s host academic institution
  • LifeArc carries out feasibility work and successful projects are launched
  • LifeArc Translational Award will made to the PI when the feasibility criteria are met and the collaboration agreement is signed