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 19 is now open.  The deadline for applications is 16 March 2018, 17:00 GMT.



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.

To read case studies on Starter Grant holders, click here.

About the scheme

This scheme was launched in October 2008 as a partnership between the Academy and the Wellcome Trust, and we were delighted to welcome the British Heart Foundation in 2011, Arthritis Research UK in 2012, the Medical Research Council in 2013, and the Royal College of Physicians in 2014. In 2016 we warmly welcome our most recent funder to the consortium, Diabetes UK.

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 approximately 387 Clinical Lecturers through 17 rounds of funding, with grants totalling nearly £11 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 Holders are invited to. For more information please visit the main Winter Science Meeting page.

Recent Awardees

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

Dr Sara Ajina, University of Oxford, Neural effects of rehabilitation following visual cortex damage

Dr Robert Aldridge, UCL, Public Health Informatics in the era of big data: estimating future burden of disease in England using electronic health records

Mr James Chan, University of Oxford, Upregulation of alarmins to accelerate fracture repair in normal and osteoporotic bone

Dr Andrew Douglas, University of Southampton, Therapeutic epigenetic manipulation of C9orf72 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia

Dr Louis Grandjean, UCL, The Genomics of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Transmission

Dr Gordon Hutchins, University of Leeds, Towards an understanding of molecular heterogeneity in gastric cancer

Mr Farhad Iranpour Boroujeni, Imperial College London, Computer assisted patellofemoral joint surgery: Application of a novel technique for assessing dynamic patellar tracking and contact patterns in patellofemoral instability

Dr Kerri Jane Kinghorn, King's College London, Dissecting the mechanisms of pathogenesis of TBK1 mutations using ALS Drosophila models

Dr Helena Lee, University of Southampton, Oral Dopamine Replacement in the Developing Albino Retina - A Proof of Concept Study

Dr Stephen McAdoo, Imperial College London, Defining the role of SYK in the pathogenesis of experimental and clinical glomerulonephritis

Dr Roly Megaw, University of Edinburgh, In vivo correction of a human mutation in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa

Dr Christopher Moxon, University of Liverpool, Investigating sequestration driven pathology in cerebral malaria in vitro and post-mortem using transcriptomics

Dr Hani Nazzal, University of Leeds, Decellularisation of dental pulp for use as a scaffold in regenerative endodontics

Dr Elisabeth Rounis, University of Oxford, The neural correlates of affordance during grasp

Dr Adam Sharp, Institute of Cancer Research, Co-regulatory proteins of the androgen receptor and androgen receptor splice variants: A novel therapeutic strategy for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer

Dr James Tomlinson, Imperial College London, Gene expression profiling of the proximal tubule in kidney fibrosis

Dr Rick Adams, University College London (UCL), Investigating the role of D2 receptors in cognition

Dr Emma Beddowes, University of Cambridge, Non-invasive monitoring to predict treatment response and resistance in metastatic breast cancer patients

Mr Ricky Bhogal, University of Birmingham, Molecular, Proteomic and Metabolomic Characterisation of Peri-portal and Peri-venular Human Hepatocytes During Hypoxia

Major Richard Blanch, University of Birmingham, Defining markers for traumatic optic neuropathy

Miss Natalie Blencowe, University of Bristol, Improving the design of RCTs in surgery: understanding how to describe and standardise co-interventions 

Dr Katherine Bull, University of Oxford, A systematic screen to identify pathways involved in maintenance of the glomerular filtration barrier

Dr Andrew Conway Morris, University of Cambridge, Defining the pathways involved in PI3Kdelta-mediated neutrophil dysfunction

Dr Natalie Cooper, Barts and The London, Queen Marys School of Medicine and Dentistry, Core Outcome Set for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Dr Jennifer Dickens, University of Cambridge, Understanding the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis through the study of monogenic inherited syndromes

Dr Benjamin Fairfax, University of Oxford, A pilot investigation into genotypic determinants of melanocyte transcription, epigenetics and response to ultraviolet radiation.

Dr Jonathan Fishman, University College London (UCL), A tissue-engineered approach to laryngeal regeneration

Dr Hannah Gill, University of Bristol, Does xenon in combination with sevoflurane protect against anaesthesia-induced neurodegeneration in the developing brain?

Dr Nikos Gorgoraptis, Imperial College London, Understanding short-term memory dysfunction in post-traumatic amnesia to identify new outcome measures in traumatic brain injury.

Dr Golam Khandaker, University of Cambridge, Examination of causal pathways between inflammation, depression and psychosis using immune and genetic biomarkers in two British cohorts

Dr Regent Lee, University of Oxford, Integrated proteomics and metabolomics for discovery of novel molecular profiles associated with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm progression

Dr Ian Logan, Newcastle University, Role of Transcriptional Regulators in Renal Fibrosis

Dr Jackie Maybin, University of Edinburgh, Is hypoxia required for hypoxia-inducible factor stabilisation at menstruation to drive efficient endometrial repair and limit menstrual blood loss?

Dr Fergus McCarthy, King's College London, The Role of the Unfolded Protein Response in the Aetiology and Prediction of Pre-eclampsia

Dr Geraldine O'Hara, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Hepatitis B and Schistosomiasis – a potential interaction?

Dr Ashish Patel, King's College London, Combination Delivery of Monocytes and Adipose-Derived Stem Cells for Revascularisation of the Ischaemic Limb

Dr David Pinato, Imperial College London, Identification of molecular determinants underlying sorafenib resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma

Mr Stuart Robinson, Newcastle University, Epigenetic cross talk between tumour and the innate immune system in colorectal liver metastases

Dr Athanasios Saratzis, University of Leicester, Pilot-feasibility study ahead of “Bicarbonate with hydration to prevent acute renal injury after endovascular aneurysm repair (HYDRA), a randomized controlled trial”

Dr Elaine Soon, University of Cambridge, Identifying the role of GCN2 in the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension

Dr Helen Stuart, University of Manchester, Genetics and biology of voiding dysfunction

Dr Mark Teo, University of Leeds, Optimising Mesorectal Irradiation for Organ Preservation in Early Rectal Cancer

Dr Rimona Weil, University College London (UCL), Vision in Parkinson’s Disease


The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK and Diabetes UK.

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