Springboard

These awards provide up to £100,000 over two years and a personalised package of career support to help newly independent biomedical scientists to launch their research careers.

Key dates

Round 3 is now open. The deadline for eligibility checking is 26 June 2017. Full applications should be submitted by 21 August 2017. Please liaise with your HEI's Springboard Champion to be included in the institutional shortlisting.

 

 
Scheme OPEN

Springboard offers a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s acclaimed mentoring and career development programme.

About the scheme

In 2012, the Academy convened a Task Force, chaired by Professor Martin Humphries FMedSci, to examine ways for the Academy to further support early career researchers. Amongst other findings, the Task Force recommended the development of a funding scheme for non-clinical biomedical scientists.

Scoping work carried out by the Academy identified Lecturers, or equivalent, within the first three years of starting their post and who had not yet obtained significant funding as being in greatest need of support. The limited start-up packages normally provided and paucity of grant schemes available at this career stage makes establishing an independent research programme particularly challenging. 

In May 2015, the Academy partnered with the Wellcome Trust to initiate the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard - a scheme to support biomedical researchers newly appointed to their first independent position. In 2017 we were delighted to welcome the British Heart Foundation and the Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, alongside the Wellcome Trust, to form a funding consortium  for the scheme. The scheme seeks to embrace the breadth of biomedical research and welcomes applications that contribute to the Academy’s mission to improve health through research.

Supporters

The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation.

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