Springboard - Health of the Public 2040

These awards provide up to £50,000 over two years and a personalised package of career support to help newly independent researchers working in the health social sciences and medical humanities to establish their research careers.

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The scheme is currently closed for applications - dates for future rounds have not yet been confirmed. 

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This award is for researchers working in the health social sciences and medical humanities. Springboard – Health of the Public 2040 offers funding of up to £50,000 over two years and a bespoke package of career support to researchers at the start of their first independent post. We welcome applications working on projects related to the environments and themes that have emerged from the Academy’s Improving the health of the public by 2040 report. 

About the scheme

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.

Recent Awardees

Dr Nisreen Alwan, University of Southampton, Utilising routinely-collected individual and area-level maternal and early life data to quantify childhood obesity risk.

Dr David Bann, University College London, Socioeconomic inequalities in health: how have they changed in response to changing policy decisions and economic factors, and how may they be reduced?

Dr Anna Chisholm, University of Liverpool, Optimising Obesity Management Opportunities within Primary Schools: Translating Behaviour Change Science to Educator-Parent Interactions.

Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh, University of Surrey, Emotional competence in the transition from primary to secondary school: from brain indices to behaviour.

Dr Laure de Preux, Imperial College London, A robust assessment of the impact of short-term and local pollution variations on health outcomes.

Dr Mariachiara Di Cesare, Middlesex University, Dynamics of social inequalities in undernutrition and adiposity from 1975 to 2015: a global analysis.

Dr Cornelia Guell, University of Exeter, A pooled qualitative analysis to develop a new social science approach to population strategies for promoting active living.

Dr Alice Hall, University of York, Changing Cultures of Care.

Dr Claire Jones, University of Kent, Oral Health Inequalities, Oral Hygiene Cultures in England, 1870-1970.

Dr Jenevieve Mannell, University College London, Assessing the potential of innovative qualitative methodologies for Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs).

Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi, University of Oxford, Digital health for patient safety: a case study in epilepsy care.

Dr Raoul Reulen, University of Birmingham, The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Study – linking to electronic health databases to determine the burden of morbidity faced by survivors of cancer diagnosed age 15-39 years.

Dr Suzanne Spence, Newcastle University, An evaluation of food choice architecture on food and drink consumption in 11-16y olds in North East England: a pilot study.

Dr Christina Vogel, University of Southampton, Women’s Responses to Adjusted Product Placement and its Effect on Diet (WRAPPED).

Dr Rebecca Williams, University of Exeter, Population Control and the Emergency in India: The Shah Commission Regained.

Dr Jenny Woodman, University College London, Understanding engagement between health and social care services for managing vulnerable children.


The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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