Division of Infection and Immunity


ECR Innovation Grant

Our Postdoctoral Innovation Award is part the Division's continued commitment to supporting our early career scientists.

In July 2016 the Division of Infection and Immunity launched a new initiative to support the career development of its early career researchers (last year PhD and Postdocs), the ‘ECR Innovation Grant.' This initiative is part of our continued commitment to supporting early career scientists, helping them transition from postdoc to independent group leaders.

Purpose: To offer the Division of Infection and Immunity ECRs the opportunity to secure a small research grant to support the pursuit of an independent research project, and to gain experience of preparing and defending a grant proposal.


Applicants must be a final year PhD candidate or employed at the level of post-doctoral research associate in the Division of Infection and Immunity at UCL. They must have sufficient time (6-18 months) remaining on their current contract to complete the work proposed. Applications must be co-signed by the applicants current PI OR head of department, documenting their support for the proposal. The inclusion of a letter of support is also highly encouraged. 


  • Late Sept 2024 tbc: Submissions due
  • Oct 2024: Shortlisted applicants: Interview
  • Oct 2024: Award announced and feedback to all applicants


To apply, please complete the application form and return it by e-mail to Leo Swadling by the submission deadline.