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UCL funding opportunities

Internal research funding opportunities managed and distributed by UCL departments.

Current/ongoing funding opportunities

Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)

UCL holds an Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) award from the Wellcome Trust. The ISSF aims to facilitate the investment of mutual strategic importance to Wellcome and UCL. It has enabled us to invest in and support UCL research in life and biomedical sciences since it was first awarded in October 2016. The Life and Medical Sciences Research Coordination Office manages the Wellcome ISSF programme on behalf of the SLMS Research Board at UCL.

Find out more about the UCL Wellcome ISSF award

Excellence Fellowships

The UCL Excellence Fellowships programme recruits exceptional early career clinical and non-clinical researchers to help them establish their independent career and become the research leaders of the future by providing salary, research funding and academic support. This programme is overseen by SLMS leadership and managed by the SLMS Research Coordination Office.

Find out more about UCL Excellence Fellowships

Translational Funding

The UCL Translational Research Office (TRO) offer a number of translational funding opportunities available to UCL and partner researchers. The TRO offers funding that differs from standard project grants by being milestone-driven with clear decision criteria that require active project management.

Find out more about Translational Funding opportunities

UCL Public Engagement Funding

UCL Public Engagement Funding equips UCL researchers with the means to put their public engagement ideas into practice. Grants are available for various stages of your academic career, and the UCL Public Engagement Team also provide advice and support on applying for external funding.

Find out more about UCL Public Engagement Funding opportunities

UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants

The UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants scheme stimulates new cross-disciplinary collaborations between researchers from different academic units, in order to address societally significant problems. Collaborations can also include external partners as additional academic or non-academic collaborators.

Find out more about UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants

UCL Faculty of Life Sciences Bogue Fellowships

The UCL Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS) Bogue Fellowships support visits to carry out research in laboratories in the USA and Canada in order ‘to enrich the research experience and help develop the scientific career of the Fellow’. Fellowships are restricted to applicanStudents or postdoctoral researchers carrying out basic research in clinical departments are, however, eligible.

Find out more about FLS Bogue Fellowships

Closed calls (for information)

Capital Equipment Fund Call (CEF4)

Decorative
Capital Equipment Fund Call (CEF4) for researchers in the faculties of Life and Medical Sciences

Scope

This funding is intended to support purchase of strategically important research capital equipment. We expect many of the successful applications to be for major equipment that will be managed within multi-user facilities such as the UCL Science Technology Platforms or within other existing core facilities.

Applications are expected to be in excess of £50k. Awards will support equipment purchase, installation, shipping and standard warranties. Ineligible costs include (but are not limited to) extended warranties, training, consumables, service/maintenance contracts, staff and estates costs. All equipment purchased through CEF4 must be on site no later than 31 July 2022. Any equipment delivered after this date may risk having its CEF4 support withdrawn.

The CEF scheme is intended to complement other schemes, such as BBSRC ALERT, that provide funds for the purchase of strategically important equipment. Applicants may be encouraged to apply for external funding in the first instance. MRC are due to release an equipment funding call, the timelines and details for this are as yet unknown. We will look to align the CEF4 process with the MRC scheme once details are available.

Applications will be assessed through a process of internal review and prioritisation by the Vice-Deans Research for the Faculties of Life and Medical Sciences.

For Financial Year 2021/22, we will run one call for applications for equipment funding.

Supporting documents

WEISS Health Challenge 2020

The WEISS Health Challenge is open to doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, managers and commissioners involved in healthcare at UCL-affiliated institutions and working in the following areas of surgery/intervention: anaesthetics, cardiac and vascular, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, musculoskeletal, neurosurgical/CNS, paediatric, radiology, urological, women’s health.

WEISS researchers will help you develop a solution to your challenge, working in partnership with you to make sure the new technology, device, or innovation will really work for you, your colleagues and your patients. We expect to fund 3-5 awards for this call, with the following possible outcomes:

  • 50% WEISS funded fellowship at ST level 3-7, estimated at £40,000 per annum
  • Pump-prime award, up to £20,000 per project
  • PPI support, up to £2,000 per project

Deadline: 15 January 2020
Contact: Dr Dimitris Siasakos (d.siasakos@ucl.ac.uk)

For further guidance and to apply, visit the WEISS website

WEISS Senior Clinical Fellowships 2020

The WEISS Senior Clinical Fellowships have been created to help develop new collaborations between academic clinicians at UCL Partner Hospitals and WEISS principal investigators. Each fellow can help develop new ideas whilst expanding their own research interests; they will also help bridge the gap between clinicians and engineers to help each understand the other better.

Five fellowships are available and applications are open to all consultants and trainees in their final two years of SpR training at any UCL Partner Hospital. WEISS will offer funding support of up to £13,000 per annum to each successful candidate for relevant projects or attendance at meetings.

Deadline: 15 January 2020
Contact: Dr Su-Lin Lee (su-lin.lee@ucl.ac.uk)

For further guidance and to apply, visit the WEISS website

SLMS Capital Equipment Fund 2019–2020 (Call 3)

Applications are invited for research capital equipment that will be assessed through a process of internal review and prioritisation by the Chair of SLMS Research Board and Vice-Deans of Research. All bids must demonstrate a clear strategic need and add value to existing research programmes and/or Facilities. The Capital Equipment Fund is available for equipment purchases from now to the end of July 2020.

Submission documents

Contact
Dr Ruth Jamieson (r.jamieson@ucl.ac.uk)

Internal review process
Yes, for applicants based (or to be based) in SLMS

Internal deadline
10 April 2019

Early Career Neuroscience Prize

Each year the UCL Neuroscience Domain presents the Early Career Neuroscience Prize to two UCL neuroscientists. The prize aims to recognise outstanding work published in the past year by early-career UCL neuroscientists in any field of neuroscience, and is awarded in two categories; junior scientist and advanced scientist.

Deadline: 18 March 2019

Find out more about the Early Career Neuroscience Prize

UCL Excellence in Health Research Prize 2019

The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain, with support from the Domain's Early Careers Network, the SLMS Research Coordination Office and the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences, are running a competition to recognise excellent peer-reviewed, published, original research authored by UCL early career researchers in the broad theme of populations and lifelong health.

Prize winners will receive a substantial award (£5000 first prize, £2000 second prize) that they can use as appropriate to support their research or career development, and will be invited to present their winning paper at the UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Symposium on 26 March 2019. The winner of the 2018 UCL Excellence in Health Research Prize was: Dr Briony Hudson. Runner up: Sara Ahmadi-Abhari

Deadline: 25 February 2019

Find out more about the UCL Excellence in Health Research Prize

UCL Global Health Grand Challenge: Health Systems initiative

Up to £2,500 for proposals that use a cross-disciplinary approach to investigate the ways in which Health Systems can ensure that medical advances are translated into significant gains for effective and equitable healthcare.

Deadline: 3 December 2018

SLMS Capital Equipment Fund 2018-19 (Call 2)

Applications are invited for research capital equipment that will be assessed through a process of internal review and prioritisation by the Chair of SLMS Research Board and Vice-Deans of Research. All bids must demonstrate a clear strategic need and add value to existing research programmes and/or Facilities. The Capital Equipment Fund is available for equipment purchases from now to the end of July 2019.

SLMS Research Capital Equipment Fund 2018-19 (Call 2) Guidelines
Expression of Interest form

Supporting documents

Internal review process
Yes, for applicants based (or to be based) in SLMS

Internal deadline
12 November 2018

Contact
Dr Evi Tsaliki (e.tsaliki@ucl.ac.uk)
Dr Ruth Jamieson (r.jamieson@ucl.ac.uk)