Start your application

How to apply

To apply to the Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers, Springboard, GCRF Networking, Newton Fellowship and Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowship schemes, please use Flexi-Grant, the Academy's online application system. You can download a user guide for Flexi-Grant from the right hand side of this page. In addition, you may download a template application form for the scheme you wish to apply for from the scheme’s webpage when a round is open for applications. 

Application tips

Our schemes are aimed at early to mid career researchers and many of the applications we receive are from researchers writing their first grant. With this in mind, we have put together a series of top tips to help you prepare your grant application and, if applicable, for your grant panel interview. This advice was compiled by the office in collaboration with our Panel Chairs and other experts.

Remember to allow plenty of time to complete your application and gather the necessary approvals. If your proposed research involves animal experiments, we encourage you to consult the NC3Rs Experimental Design Assistant (EDA) to help you design your study. Please also contact us as early as possible if you have any questions about our awards; the staff leads for each scheme are identified on the scheme’s webpage.

The grants tips below are compiled from news articles we’ve previously published; more tips for researchers can be found in our news section.

This advice was shared by Professor Marina Botto FMedSci, Chair of the Newton Fund International Fellowship Panel.

Articulate the specific role you will play

Make sure it is absolutely clear exactly what you will be doing on the project and distinguish this from what others (your supervisor, other team members), who may be involved in the wider context of your project, will contribute.

State a clear, testable hypothesis (if applicable) and key questions

Do make clear at the beginning what you are setting out to do, and what key questions you hope to answer with this project.

Include sufficient experimental detail

Include detail of what you are proposing to do and justify your selection of analytical approaches, so that it is clear to the reviewers why you are using particular methods. Being limited by word count is no excuse for lack of clarity around your experimental approach!

Justify and support your choices.

Make it clear why you have chosen to focus on a particular sample set, group of patients or model system etc and why others may be unsuitable.  Do include numbers of samples/patients/etc and make sure that these numbers are supported by power calculations (which you will show, of course).

Outline contingency plans

We know that sometimes research doesn’t go according to plan. Always show that you have thought about the possibility of having to change tack and what you might do instead, especially for high risk endeavours.

Be innovative

We are looking to support new and exciting research, so stress what makes your application unique.

Have appropriate ambition

While making your proposal innovative and exciting, do ensure that it is achievable in the timeframe and with the resources available.

Be collaborative

Do include an outline of any collaborations that will give you access to complementary expertise that will strengthen your proposal, and demonstrate that you will benefit from training during the award. You can’t be an expert in everything, and it is wise to identify your limitations and collaborate to fill those gaps.

Limit your use of abbreviations and acronyms

We understand that you will probably need to use some abbreviations and acronyms, but please do think about how the proposal will flow for a non-expert reader who may not be familiar with these terms.

Make the job of the peer reviewers as effortless as possible.

Think about your proposal from the point of view of the reviewer - what will they look for first? Have you answered all the questions?

AMSlive 2020

Book Now

Healthy ageing conference

Book Now

Mentoring Masterclass, Birmingham

Book Now
View more
FB Twitter Instagram Youtube