The Academy of Medical Sciences embraces the broad diversity of biomedical and clinical research. While advances in basic and applied medical research are leading to a better understanding of the ways to prevent, treat and cure disease, they do not necessarily address the major social, behavioural, political and cultural issues that contribute to health inequalities. The Academy’s ‘Health of the Public in 2040’ initiative aims to identify the main health challenges the UK population will face by 2040 and recognises that, in order to solve many of these issues, a multidisciplinary approach will be required.
With support from the Wellcome Trust, the Academy is pleased to offer funding for newly independent researchers in health social sciences and medical humanities working on projects related to the environments and themes that have emerged from our ‘Improving the health of the public by 2040’ report.
Prior to the launch of the scheme, the Academy commissioned an independent review of the health social sciences and medical humanities landscape and this report can be found here.
To be eligible to apply you must:
- Hold an established academic research position at your institution.
- Be in your first independent (salaried) position and
- Be within 3 years (FTE) of appointment to this position.
- Have sufficient time remaining in your current post to complete the proposed Springboard - Health of the Public 2040 project.
- You must identify as a researcher working in health social sciences or medical humanities. Your project must align with the environments and themes emerging from the Academy’s ‘Improving the Health of the Public by 2040’ report. You may address any theme/s in your research project, but should keep in mind the Academy’s mission to ‘improve health through research’.
And you must not:
- Hold a clinical contract. (Applications from Professions Allied to Medicine are welcome, however medical, dental and veterinary scientists who are undertaking clinical work are not eligible under this scheme and are encouraged to consider our Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers scheme instead.)
- Be in receipt of substantial research funding as the Principal or Co-Investigator exceeding £40,000 p.a. (excluding your personal salary).
Full details of eligibility for this scheme are outlined in the guidance, which can be downloaded from the right side of this page when the scheme is open for applications. Please read this carefully before submitting an application.
Please contact the grants team if you have any queries on 020 3141 3238, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This scheme is targeted at those who are in the early stages of their first independent research position. You should not have already obtained substantial funding from other sources, such as large personal fellowships.
The maximum amount available is £50,000 over two years (you may not apply for less than £25,000 over two years) towards your research costs and professional development. For example, funds can be used towards the employment of support staff, purchase of consumables and equipment, access to technical support, training and travel; funds cannot be used to pay for your personal salary costs or to buy out teaching time.
Springboard - Health of the Public 2040 awardees will be invited to participate in the Academy's one-to-one mentoring scheme and a programme of events and activities will be developed for their benefit.
The members of the selection panel are:
Professor Graham Hart FMedSci (chair), University College London
Professor Carol Brayne FMedSci, University of Cambridge
Professor Margaret Brazier FMedSci, University of Manchester
Professor Mary Dixon-Woods FMedSci, University of Cambridge
Professor Mark Jackson, University of Exeter
Professor Helen Lomax, University of Northampton
Professor Jane Macnaughton, Durham University
Professor Martin Roland CBE FMedSci, University of Cambridge
Professor Tilli Tansey OBE FMedSci, Queen Mary University of London
Applicants should not approach Panel members to discuss their application. All queries should be directed to the Panel secretariat on email@example.com.
All Springboard - Health of the Public 2040 awardees will be required to report via Researchfish annually by the end of March each year throughout their grant and for three years after the completion of their award. Click here for full reporting instructions.
You will also need to submit (via Flexi-Grant) a Final Expenditure Report within three months of the end of your grant in addition to submitting Researchfish data.