Joint Research Office


Fast track grants scheme reintroduced

6 December 2012

The UCLH Charity Trustees and the University College London Hospitals BRC are relaunching the fast track grants scheme.

The scheme, which provides opportunities to apply throughout the year, targets UCLH/UCL investigators working at all points along the translational pathway.

The popular scheme makes small awards of up to £40,000 to enable researchers to assemble pilot data on which to build larger grant applications to external funding bodies.

The scheme will have a particular focus on experimental medicine related to the BRC. Subsequently, it will consider pre-clinical proposals and later phase research proposals where alignment with the BRC's broader goals of translation can be clearly demonstrated.

Proposals will be particularly welcomed from applicants whose work is in line with the experimental medicine strategies of one or more of the 4 BRC Programmes - Cancer, Neuroscience, Cardiometabolic, and Infection, Inflammation and Immunity.

Although open to all grades of staff the fast track scheme is highly appropriate for new Principal Investigators requiring support to build their programme of research.  Individuals can only hold/be named as co-investigator on a Fast Track grant once in every three years.

Applications for Fast Track funding may be submitted at any time.  They are considered by a Committee, which meets three times a year.

If approved, projects may be started immediately.

All Fast Track proposals must have the clear support of at least one BRC Programme Director.


Applications now invited for a February meeting and should be sent to Vanessa Havercroft as indicated below; click here to download an application form (please note old copies of the form will not be accepted):

Seven hard copies (one with original signatures)

By post: UCL SLMS Planning and Performance Unit, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

In person: Reception, Maple House 1A, First Floor, 149 Tottenham Court Road


One full set of the application form/attachments as a single PDF or Zip documents

By email: v.havercroft(@)ucl.ac.uk

NB The file name must include the surname of the principal applicant. Please also indicate whether hard copy has been delivered or is to follow.

CLOSING DATE: mid-day Friday 21st December 2012