Nurturing the next generation of medical researchers

The Academy is an authoritative voice on the development of training and career pathways and a source of inspiration, information and personal support for early-career biomedical researchers. 

Our priorities under this objective include developing innovative support schemes for researchers, networking researchers across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries and fostering research independence. Key to the success of these priorities is the support and work of the Fellowship. Academy Fellows act as mentors and speakers at events, as well as serving as reviewers and panel members for our grants schemes. 

We have a number of initiatives that support early career researchers and encourage people to embark on a research career.

Our funding schemes target key points in the academic training pathway and encourage international collaboration and career development. In all cases, our schemes are run in partnership with other funders, leveraging considerable financial resource and allowing us to reach across the breadth of the medical research community.

The Academy’s mentoring scheme is at the heart of our support for academic career development. It is funded through the generous support of the National Institute for Health Research, the MRC and other organisations. The scheme is widely recognised for the effective support it provides to early career academics. Part of the scheme includes catalysing other organisations to develop their own local mentoring schemes.

The INSPIRE programme aims to give all students at medical schools a chance to learn about and get involved in research, and to encourage them to consider a career in academic medicine. We are working in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, which has given £1 million to support the initiative.

The Academy has also recently launched a report on how to support researchers carrying out "Team science".

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