Joint Research Office


Deadline for fast track grants approaching

22 October 2014

The next deadline for the fast track grants scheme is 3 November 2014.

The scheme is a collaboration between the BRC and the UCLH Charitable Trustees. It provides opportunities to apply throughout the year, targeting UCLH/UCL investigators working at all points along the translational pathway.

Small awards of up to £40,000 are made 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. 

We strongly encourage applications from early career researchers with new ideas to pump prime larger studies.

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 twice a year.

Of approved, projects may be started immediately. All Fast Track proposals must have the clear support of at least one BRC Programme Director.

Applications 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).

Please submit one set of the signed application form/attachments as a single PDF or Zip documents by email to v.havercroft@ucl.ac.uk. Deadline: 3 November 2014

If you are unable to scan the signed form, one hard copy (with original signatures) must be sent to Vanessa at: Vice Provost (Health) Office, SLMS, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, or in person to: Reception, Maple House 1A, First Floor, 149 Tottenham Court Road.


Applications are also now invited for a March 2015 meeting and should be sent to Vanessa Havercroft as before.