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.
Round 20 is now closed. The panel will convene in December.
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.
Round 20 is now closed. The panel will convene in December.
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.
The grants are intended as start-up funding and as such are not intended for applicants who have already obtained substantial funding through, for example, Clinician Scientist Fellowships, New Investigator Awards or large project grants.
All eligible applicants must:
1. Have a PhD or MD.
2. Hold a medical, dental or veterinary undergraduate degree and be registered with the General Medical Council, General Dental Council or Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
3. Hold a clinical contract.
If you are a clinician in human or dental medicine, you must also:
1. Be a research-active Clinical Lecturer
2. Hold an NTN or NTN(A)
3. Be within higher specialty training.
4. Have undertaken a substantial period of research equivalent to a PhD or research MD, if you have qualified abroad with an MD.
5. Note the following eligibility criteria relating to the timing of your CCT:
Senior Clinical Lecturers and Clinical Psychologists are not eligible for this scheme.
If you are a clinician in veterinary medicine, you must be either:
1. A research-active Veterinary Specialist in Training (Resident/Senior Clinical Training Scholar) within an approved Specialist Training Programme with secured and protected research time throughout the proposed project.
2. A research-active Veterinary Clinician or Veterinary Pathologist with Veterinary Specialist Board qualification or eligibility and within the 3 year (probationary) period of your first University appointment and with secured and protected research time throughout the proposed project. If your position is that of a Senior Lecturer but are still within the three year probationary period then you are still eligible for this scheme.
Please contact the grants team if you have any other queries about the scheme on 020 3141 3221, or email us at email@example.com
This scheme is targeted at those who are in the earlier years of their Clinical Lecturer appointment. You should not already have obtained substantial funding from other sources, for example a Clinician Scientist Fellowship, New Investigator Award or large project grant.
The maximum grant available is £30,000. This can be spread over one to two years to contribute towards directly incurred research costs such as consumables and equipment.
Grants cannot be used to pay for your personal salary costs or to employ research assistants, PhD students or postdoctoral staff.
The Academy recognises the challenges clinicians face when managing a clinical and a research career with family and caring commitments. During the review process, prior career breaks will be taken into account when evaluating a candidate’s research output and progress. If you are successful, you will be able to apply for a no-cost extension to your grant to account for periods of absence or delays in your project during your award. For an example of the success such Starter Grant holders can achieve, please click here.
Successful applicants cannot reapply. Unsuccessful applicants are limited to one resubmission.
Like all UK post-doctoral clinicians, Starter Grant holders are eligible for the Academy's one-to-one mentoring scheme and are encouraged to contact the Office regarding this.
The current members of the selection panel are:
Professor Wiebke Arlt FMedSci (chair), University of Birmingham
Professor David Burn FMedSci, Newcastle University
Professor Edwin Chilvers FMedSci, Imperial College London
Professor Carol Dezateux CBE FMedSci, Queen Mary University of London
Professor David Edwards FMedSci, King's College London
Professor Stephen Franks FMedSci, Imperial College London
Professor Iain McInnes FRSE FMedSci, University of Glasgow
Professor David Neal CBE FMedSci, University of Oxford
Professor David Newby FRSE FMedSci, University of Edinburgh
Applicants should not approach Panel members to discuss their application. All queries should be directed to the Panel secretariat on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Starter Grant Holders are 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.
A report of Starter Grant Holders' research outcomes submitted to us during our first Researchfish submission window in 2016 is available for download on the right hand side of this page.
You will also need to submit (via email to email@example.com) a Final Expenditure Report within 3 months of the end of your grant in addition to submitting Researchfish data. You can download the final expenditure form from the right hand side of this page.
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, Arthritis Research UK, Royal College of Physicians and Diabetes UK.
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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