Peter Horlock Travel Bursary

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Funding opportunity for UK-based technicians in the field of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiochemistry.

This funding call is closed and we will not be accepting any further submissions.

The Medical Research Foundation and UK PET Chemistry are inviting applications from UK technical staff in the field of PET radiochemistry who wish to advance their careers and skills through working visits to other centres and facilities in the UK or worldwide.

The travel bursary is possible thanks to the generous support of Mrs Cathy Horlock in memory of her late husband, Peter Horlock.

Peter Horlock worked as a technical officer in the radiochemistry section of the Medical Research Council Cyclotron Unit. His area of expertise was in innovation and technical advances in the production of cyclotron produced radiopharmaceuticals for clinical research. At the time of his death in 1988, his work was primarily applied in the field of PET imaging.

The aim of this memorial fund is to provide support for technical staff to undertake working visits to other centres, to support the development of their work in what is a very specialised field of PET radiochemistry.

How much funding is available?

Applicants may apply for up to £3,000 to support their travel to other centres to learn new techniques and skills.

Lesser awards may be considered for UK working visits. Up to £200 is permitted to be used towards travel and registration fees of awardees attending the next UK PET Chemistry Meeting (following award completion).

Applicants can alternatively use the travel bursary to cover registration fees and travel and subsistence costs to attend the 2023 UK PET Chemistry meeting on the 1 September 2023. Please see the meeting website for further details.

Who can apply?

This funding call is open to UK-based technical staff in the field of PET radiochemistry.

Applicants must be:

  • Graduate technical staff in the earlier stages of their career development
  • Currently employed by and working at a UK academic or NHS healthcare institution
  • Engaged in PET radiochemistry and associated technology and engineering at a UK not-for-profit PET centre that is undertaking, or planning to undertake, PET-based clinical research


  • Deadline for application submission: 12:00 Thursday 22 June 2023
  • Funding decision: July 2023
  • Feedback on funding decision: July 2023

Travel Bursaries will be presented at the UK PET Chemistry meeting on 1 September 2023.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online using our online grants management system.

Please see here for Guidance for Applicants.


If you have any questions about any aspects of the application process, please contact a member of the Medical Research Foundation’s Research Team:

Tel: 0207 395 2314

Terms and Conditions of Award

Awards funded through this competition will follow standard Medical Research Foundation terms and conditions The terms and conditions spell out the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation. The Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation are required to indicate their formal acceptance of the proposal, their acceptance of the terms and conditions of an award, and the approval of the salaries and resources sought in the application.

The Medical Research Foundation may add additional conditions to a grant award to reflect the particular circumstances and requirements of the funding, or the nature of a particular award. Acceptance of an award constitutes acceptance of both the core conditions and any additional conditions. The Medical Research Foundation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions.

2017 Peter Horlock awardees

  • David Roberts

    David Roberts, Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Technician at the University of Hull.

    Award amount: £1,900.

    David’s travel bursary supported a visit to the laboratories of Dr Peter Scott, Director of PET Chemistry, at the University of Michigan and to attend the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Conference in Philadelphia.

    The visit to the Michigan PET Centre was David’s first opportunity to see and work in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) environment at a clinical production site.


    David gave presentations about research projects being carried out at the University of Hull and developed collaboration links in the area of microfluids for carbon-11 tracer production.

    The bursary enabled David to attend and present work at the 2018 Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting, and to represent the University of Hull at the General Electric (GE) users meeting.

  • Teresa Sementa

    Teresa Sementa, Research Assistant at King’s College London.

    Award amount: £1,600.

    Teresa visited Amsterdam PET Centre to see how they perform metabolite analysis with mass spectrometry and how it can be used to detect the non-radioactive mass associated with the radiotracer levels in plasma.