I shall not list all the proposals that have been ignored or rejected. But I want to record those experiences that I consider significant:
1. The London Development Agency
- Despite my explicit request, the Senior Project Manager – Business Grants, Gary Hellen, from the London Development Agency (LDA) passed my confidential documents to three organisations where I’ll never know the names of the individuals.
- In contrast, Emma Shelley from the LDA was quite swift in handing over £8,000 to the London Metropolitan University and £6,000 to 3D Metrics, so that, together, we would develop a Multi-Purpose Monitoring Station.
- Follow-up funding was not available though. So what’s the point, one wonders?
2. The Wellcome Trust
- The Wellcome Trust invited me to do a presentation as a part of their Technology Translation Awared scheme, but A ‘3d Metric’ Approach to Biomedical Modelling and Simulation was rejected – no reason given, no discussion allowed.
- A second attempt resulted in a full application which we were invited to present to their Funding Committee in April 2008. Multi-scale-portals-to-toxicity was rejected with no reason given.
- Having learnt from our rejection, we submitted Differentiating Cell Types – but, helas, again: NO without reason.
3. The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
- It so happened that I had met Dr. Alex Efimov from Qi3 at the UK @ CERN exhibition. As UK Technology Transfer Officer, he was among those who immediately saw the value of my prototype sofware.
- Following my conversation with Dr. Sarah Webb from STFC, Alex suggested to make a joint application with Prof. Steve Lloyd, using Grid technology for the purpose of Differentiating Cell Types. But it never happened…