Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

These grants provide up to £30,000 over 1-2 years for consumables, to support Clinical Lecturers who are looking to develop and strengthen their research careers.

Key dates

Round 20 is now closed.  The panel will convene in December.


Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers offer funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. The grants allow research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.


This year, we celebrate ten years since the launch of the Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers scheme. The achievements of the awardees are cause for celebration. To mark this, we have published our report ‘Starter for 10: a decade of supporting academic Clinical Lecturers’ report which sets out the successes and includes case studies drawn from the last decade, which can also be found on our case studies webpage.


About the scheme

This scheme was launched in October 2008 as a partnership between the Academy and the Wellcome Trust, current funders of the scheme are the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation (2011), Versus Arthritis (2012), Medical Research Council (2013), Diabetes UK (2016) and the British Thoracic Society (through the Helen and Andrew Douglas bequest for the use of research into tuberculosis control; 2018). 

The grants provide modest ‘starter’ funds to enable research active Clinical Lecturers to pursue their research work. Clinical Lecturer posts provide a salary but often do not come with the funding to support the costs of the research. This scheme was designed to help bridge this gap by providing Clinical Lecturers with access to modest research funds for up to two years. It gives them experience of preparing a research grant application and helps them establish their research portfolios by providing funding for research consumables.

So far we have supported 438 Clinical Lecturers through 19 rounds of funding, with grants totalling over £12.4 million. In 2016, the Academy and the Wellcome Trust carried out a review of the scheme, which you can download from the right hand side of this page.

In December 2013, we launched the Winter Science Meeting, an annual event Starter Grant awardees are invited to. For more information please visit the main Winter Science Meeting page.

Recent Awardees

Robindra Basu Roy, Exploring mechanisms of paediatric immunity to M. tuberculosis infection in children

Malenka Bissell, Improving patient selection for successful pulmonary artery stenting

Leonidas Chouliaras, A pilot study on neuron specific methylomic analysis in Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Michael Clynes, Does epigenetic age acceleration predict future musculoskeletal outcomes?

Abhishek Das, Evaluation of a novel innate CXCL8+ effector T cell in neonatal bacterial infection

Karen Eley, Radiation and artefact free imaging in children with craniofacial abnormalities

David Erritzoe, Validation of novel paradigms for multi-modality brain imaging in addiction research

Kezia Gaitskell, The molecular pathological epidemiology of kidney cancer in the Million Women Study: A pilot study

Jenna Gregory, Probing differential susceptibilities to extra-motor pathology in ALS

Josefine Hirschfeld, Developing a three-dimensional research model of neutrophil-mediated tissue destruction during inflammation

Catherine Houlihan, Undiagnosed viral central nervous system infections in Uganda; clinical insights from metagenomic analysis

Sasha Howard, Investigation of the genetic basis of disordered pubertal timing

Ben Jones, Studying the impact of biased GLP-1 receptor signalling in humans

Muzaffer Kaser, Investigation of links between depression, cognition and inflammation in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966

Evgeny Kushnerev, Dental Pulp Stem Cells - investigations into methods of bone regeneration using 3D printed scaffold

Stephen Makin, Ultra highfield MRI in to detect thrombus in lacunar stroke

Helen Parry, Analysis of cellular immune function in patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia who are undergoing therapy with novel therapeutic agents

Eva Carolina Pereira Mendes Serrao, Non-invasive diagnosis of hepatocellular cancer (HCC) lesions in liver transplant candidates using hyperpolarised [1-13C]pyruvate

Louise Porter, Investigate the anti-apoptotic effects of the differentially methylated gene in dry AMD FAIM2 (FAS apoptosis inhibitory molecule 2) in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)

Vibhore Prasad, Earlier identification of children and young people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using their medical records

Foad Rouhani, Investigating the safety profiles of differentiated human pluripotent stem cells

Fotios Sampaziotis, Characterization of cholangiocyte subpopulations and their role in repair and regeneration of the biliary tree

Gregory Scott, Developing a measure of conscious level with electroencephalography and transcranial electrical stimulation

Anoop Shah, Trends in the incidence of and outcomes following myocardial infarction

Sushma Shankar, The use of cell-targeting nanotechnology to generate allospecific combination therapy with human T and B regulatory cells in transplantation

Hussein Al-Mossawi, University of Oxford, Single cell transcriptomic analysis of the T cell compartment in psoriatic arthritis

Nishkantha Arulkumaran, University College London, A New Antibacterial Route to Selectively Rupture Bacterial Membranes

Vian Azzu, University of Cambridge, The role of monocyte metabolism and signalling in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Mohammed Zaeem Cader, University of Cambridge, The role of FAMIN in controlling macrophage lipid biology and restricting inflammation

Johnathan Cooper-Knock, University of Sheffield, Characterisation of a novel genetic variant discovered by exome sequencing in familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Felicity Fitzgerald, University College London, Carriage of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in children in Zimbabwe

Pankaj Garg, University of Sheffield, Whole heart, four-dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging for accurate assessment of right and left heart flow haemodynamics

Alexandra Gilbert, University of Leeds, Developing predictive models of pelvic radiotherapy-related toxicity using patient reported outcomes

Rachel Guest, University of Edinburgh, Identifying novel genetic drivers of cholangiocarcinoma in primary sclerosing cholangitis

Melanie Hezzell, University of Bristol, Does surgical implantation of a novel bioprosthetic valved conduit in the right ventricular outflow tract affect right ventricular structure and function in healthy pigs?

Laura Jardine, Newcastle University, The evolution of clonal haematopoiesis in individuals with heterozygous GATA2 mutation

Simon Johnston, University of Nottingham, Effect of FoxA1 mutations on the transcriptional response to tamoxifen in lobular breast cancer

Paul Maciocia, University College London, A simple and non-genotoxic method to produce 'off the shelf' allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T-cells

Barry Main, University of Bristol, Exploring strategies for implementing core information sets for informed consent to surgery for head and neck cancer: operationalising Montgomery

Thomas McKerrell, University of Cambridge, Single cell transcriptome profiling of mutant haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) enrolled in the TAMARIN clinical trial

Charlotte Pawlyn, Institute of Cancer Research, Developing 3D ex vivo models to study novel therapies targeting high-risk myeloma.

Michele Petruzzelli, University of Cambridge, Implicating the metabolic burden of anti-cancer immunity in cancer cachexia

Anvesha Singh, University of Leicester, Role of elastin in aortic remodelling in bicuspid and tricuspid aortic stenosis- a pilot metabolomics and MRI study

Carol Sinnott, University of Cambridge, Operational failures in general practice: An observational study of what general practitioners do and what gets in the way of doing it

Colin Steele, University of Glasgow, Characterising CXCR2 expressing neutrophils in colorectal liver metastases

Lisa Story, King's College London, MRI assessment of the cervix in non-pregnant women at risk of premature birth; a useful tool for assessment of cervical incompetence?  A pilot study

Mark Thomas, University of Birmingham, Impact of GPVI inhibition on fibrin-mediated platelet responses

Thomas Treibel, University College London, Comprehensive Myocardial Phenotyping in Aortic Stenosis

Timothy Walker, University of Oxford, Whole-genome sequencing M. tuberculosis in a remote, high burden setting

Yin Wu, University College London, Investigating the immune regulation of non-small cell lung cancer by gamma-delta T-cells

Kenny Yu, University of Manchester, Dissecting the heterogeneity of neuroinflammation in low grade and transforming astrocytomas using single cell RNAseq

Sarah Alderson, University of Leeds, An interrupted time series analysis of the Campaign to Reduce Opioid Prescribing

Marc Bailey, University of Leeds, Imaging pathological vascular remodelling in abdominal aortic aneurysm using [18F]Fluorothymidine

Harry Bulstrode, University of Cambridge, Studying gliomagenesis using defined mutations in primary human brain cells

Faye Cooles, Newcastle University, Early RA patient stratification by interferon gene signature – towards optimising clinical outcomes

Rebecca Hill, Newcastle University, Characterising and understanding the mutational landscape of relapsed medulloblastoma

Sarah Howles, University of Oxford, The role of High Mobility Group Nucleosomal Binding Protein 1 in the regulation of urinary calcium excretion.

Aadil Khan, Institute of Cancer Research, Elucidating the drivers of radiation fibrosis in normal tissues: a translational study of neoadjuvant breast radiotherapy and free flap reconstruction

Simon Lambden, University of Cambridge, The role of the pulmonary endothelial HIF isoforms in regulating systemic vascular function

Eileen Parkes, Queen’s University of Belfast, Investigating the immune response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer

Lucia Possamai, Imperial College London, Interactions between Kupffer cells and monocytes in sterile liver inflammation

Paul Ryan, Queen Mary University of London, Investigating phenotypic and functional heterogeneity in γδ T cells

Marietta Stadler, King’s College London, Exploring the barriers to a safe diabetes control in people with type 1 diabetes and eating disorders through better understanding of the psychological and physiological triggers leading to insulin omission

Victoria Stoll, University of Birmingham, Advanced Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Techniques to Identify Novel Imaging Biomarkers of Disease Progression and Therapeutic Response in Congenital Heart Disease

Kate Tatham, Imperial College London, The Role of the Lungs in Monocyte Dysfunction in Sepsis

Sofia Theodoropoulou, University of Bristol, The role of mast cells in the pathophysiology of age-related macular degeneration

Kate Walker, University of Nottingham, Childbirth experience questionnaire 2: validating its use in the United Kingdom

Steven Williams, King’s College London, A combined optical and electrogram mapping system to determine the impact of atrial remodelling on electrogram morphology

Tom Wingfield, University of Liverpool, END-TB: enhancing TB control by mitigating catastrophic costs of TB-affected households

Paolo Biancheri, University of East Anglia, Proteolytic degradation of anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and anti-integrin agents: correlation with response to treatment in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Delanjathan Devakumar, University College London, Long-term effects of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Sri Lankan adolescents

Jessica  Eccles, University of Sussex, Applying leading-edge multimodal neuroimaging and neural connectivity tools to characterise brain mechanisms that link joint hypermobility to anxiety

Amy Foulkes, University of Manchester, STRATOSPHERE: STRATification Of Systemic Psoriasis THERapiEs

Alex Gordon-Weeks, University of Oxford, Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Inhibition for Vascular Normalisation and Chemosensitisation

Adam Handel, University of Oxford, Identifying pathogenic T-cell clones in autoimmune demyelinating disease using single cell sequencing

George Harston, University of Oxford, 3D pH-weighted Imaging in Acute Ischaemic Stroke

Jennifer Haworth, University of Bristol, Mechanisms of oral Streptococcus-induced platelet activation

James Hunter, University of Oxford, The effect of Normothermic machine perfusion of kidneys on mitochondrial function

Ivan Koychev, University of Oxford, Indoor and outdoor spatial navigation as a potential biomarker of preclinical Alzheimer's Disease

Oliver Lyons, King's College London, Endothelial patterning in venous valve development

Angus Macleod, University of Aberdeen, Individual-patient-data meta-analysis of prognostic studies in Parkinson's disease

Filipe Martins, University of Cambridge, PTEN expression as a biomarker for targeted therapies in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC)

Georgios Oikonomou, University of Liverpool, Using genomics to prevent lameness-causing foot lesions in dairy cattle

Meghan Perry, University of Edinburgh, The use of metagenomics of hospital sewage as an AMR surveillance tool

Ricardo Petraco, Imperial College London, Real-time derivation of coronary pressure-flow slopes and development of novel, stenosis-specific and flow-independent parameters of stenosis severity: towards the application of invasive physiology in unstable haemodynamic conditions

Owen Pickrell, Swansea University, Using natural language processing software to enrich routinely collected electronic data for epilepsy research.

Lynne Sykes, Imperial College London, The interaction between gut microbiota, the systemic immune response and the risk of preterm labour

Karin Tuschl, University College London, Dissecting the mechanisms of manganese dyshomeostasis in disorders of manganese transport

Emma Wall, University College London, Identifying determinants of poor outcome in adult Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis by transcriptional profiling

Michelle Williams, University of Edinburgh, Combined magnetic resonance coronary angiography and positron emission tomography in patients with coronary artery disease

Tim Williams, University of Cambridge, The role and utility of urinary exosomes in individuals with renal and urinary tract disorders

Kanmin Xue, University of Oxford, Enhancement of dual vector gene therapy for Stargardt disease through

James Alix, University of Sheffield, Developing in vivo Raman Spectroscopy for neuromuscular disease.

Rahul Bhatnagar, University of Bristol, The Semi-rigid Pleuroscopy In Routine Pleural Infection (SPIRIT) Trial

Adam Brown, University of Cambridge, Integration of anatomical imaging and biomechanics for the prediction of coronary plaque growth and rupture

Manil Chouhan, University College London (UCL), Hameodynamic Assessment of Beta-Blocker Therapy for Portal Hypertension using MRI

Thomas Darton, University of Sheffield, Investigating the effects of environmental exposure to fluoroquinolone-resistant Enterobacteriaceae on the gastrointestinal microbiota of children in Nepal

Antonio de Marvao, Imperial College London, Left ventricular hypertrophy in West Africans: discovery of genetic and environmental determinants using 3D imaging-genetics

Charlotte Elder, University of Sheffield, The pharmacokinetic evaluation of a novel non-invasive Short Synacthen Test in Children

David Eyre, University of Oxford, Complete bacterial genome sequencing and mathematical modelling to control healthcare-associated infection

Montserrat Fuste, King's College London, Identifying gene expression and neuroimaging markers for postpartum psychosis

Sherif Gonem, University of Leicester, Effect of environmental exposures on asthma symptoms, lung function and airway inflammation

Sara Hillman, University College London (UCL), An integrated multi-omic analysis of human T-regulatory cells and their role in pregnancies affected by pre-eclampsia

Rachel Jennings, University of Manchester, Molecular dissection of the transcriptome regulating differentiation from the early human embryonic pancreas.

Dan Jones, Queen Mary, University of London, The investigation of the effect of inorganic nitrite/nitrate on contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Alasdair Jubb, University of Cambridge, Quantifying glucocorticoid induced chromatin reorganisation and genomic responses in human monocytes

Yee-Haur Mah, St George's, University of London, Unified high-dimensional modelling of chronic and acute injury in stroke

Benedict Michael, University of Liverpool, Identifying adjunctive therapy targets to mitigate leucocyte infiltration in herpes simplex encephalitis

Samiul Mostafa, University of Oxford, Determining optimal cardiovascular risk factor levels for individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)

Amara Nwosu, University of Liverpool, The study of hydration status and complex symptoms in advanced cancer using bioelectrical impedance vector analysis (BIVA): a multi-site longitudinal cross-sectional mixed-methods study

Aghogho Odudu, University of Manchester, Oxygenation and perfusion imaging as a novel biomarker of disease progression in diabetic kidney disease

Rashmi Patel, King's College London, Symptom dimensions in first episode psychosis: predicting clinical outcomes using natural language processing

Gary Reynolds, Newcastle University, Genomic analysis of immune populations in giant cell arteritis

Aidan Rose, University of Dundee, Investigating Pro-oncogenic Activin Driven Proliferation and Clonagenicity in Human Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Alexander Rothman, University of Sheffield, Inhibition of SMURF1 for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

William Sedley, Newcastle University, Sensory precision in the causation and treatment of tinnitus

Maisa Seppala, King's College London, Odontomes as prognostic markers for disrupted WNT signalling

Markus Sikkel, Imperial College London, Enhancing the Therapeutic Index of Anti-arrhythmic Agents In Ischaemia through use of Hypoxia Activated Pro-drugs

Nicole Stoesser, University of Oxford, Genomic epidemiology of carbapenem resistance gene transmission amongst Enterobacteriacaeae in hospital drainage reservoirs

Peter Swoboda, University of Leeds, Assessment of the cardiovascular consequences of enforced abstinence from exercise

Rhys Thomas, Cardiff University, The neuronal glucose transporter in genetic generalised epilepsy

Naomi Walker, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Matrix Degradation Products for TB diagnosis & prediction of TBImmune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS)

Arash Yavari, University of Oxford, Defining the role of AMP-activated protein kinase signalling in the pathogenesis of atrial arrhythmia


The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, Versus Arthritis, Diabetes UK and British Thoracic Society (through the Helen and Andrew Douglas bequest).

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