The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to attracting and retaining emerging talent from across the globe to the UK, and recognises the importance of capacity building at the early-leadership career stage.
This scheme seeks to progress that ambition by offering flexible support to researchers imminently taking up their first full Professorship, or for those that have recently commenced such a position. Awards will be made in partnership with the employing Higher Education Institute (HEI).
You will have recently commenced, accepted, or have been guaranteed, your first full Professorship post at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK, and will have completed a move (or be planning to move) from overseas to the UK.
If you are a researcher who has already moved (or is in the process of moving) to the UK, then you will not typically have resided in the UK for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the call deadline.
You will not have previously held a full professorship, either overseas or in the UK.
It is a strict requirement of the scheme that the HEI will need to be providing you with an open-ended contract and evidence that you will be offered a supportive environment.
You should be a researcher in the field of biomedical sciences or healthcare.
Your AMS Professorship will be for a duration of up to five years and for a maximum of £500K. The financial support of the Academy will be offered during the initial three years of the award: up to £225K in Year 1; up to £175K in Year 2; and up to £100K in Year 3.
The funds can be used flexibly, and are intended to support your research during the early years of your first full Professorship post. For example, they could be used to fund research assistance, research costs or equipment.
However, the funds may not be used to contribute to the cost of your salary or personal expenditure.
In addition, and for the full five year duration of the professorship, awardees will have access to careers support, and the Academy’s extensive networks across academia, industry and healthcare.
There will be two competitions per annum.
The membership of the Panel is currently being appointed. The following have already been confirmed:
Professor Moira Whyte FMedSci, University of Edinburgh (Chair)
Professor Mike Malim FRS FMedSci, King’s College London
Professor Frances Brodsky FMedSci, University College London
Professor David Adams FMedSci, University of Birmingham
Professor Catherine Law FMedSci, University College London
Professor Martin Wilkins FMedSci, Imperial College London