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 17 is now closed.

The Panel will convene in June, with the results and feedback sent out in July 2017.


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 369 Clinical Lecturers through 16 rounds of funding, with grants totalling nearly £10.5 million. In 2011, 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

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.

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