INSPIRE is designed to engage medical, dental and veterinary undergraduates with research. To do this we offer funding to medical, dental and veterinary schools across the country, which allows them to deliver locally designed activities aimed at informing and exciting students about the benefits and potential of a career in research. So far the INSPIRE scheme has included:

  1. Four rounds of ‘small grants awards’ open to all UK medical, dental and veterinary schools and offering up to £10,000 for INSPIRE focused activities.
  2. A ‘special project’ fund, for schools to pilot or expand particularly innovative projects, or to enable specific projects to be rolled out nationally.
  3. A series of workshops hosted by the Academy for schools to showcase their activities, share learning and develop new ideas.

The INSPIRE scheme is coordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences and supported by the Wellcome Trust. 

Find out more about INSPIRE round 5.


The INSPIRE scheme aims to:

  • Inspire medical, dental and veterinary undergraduates to consider a research career.
  • Stimulate medical schools to design and implement local, innovative approaches to building student interest in research.
  • Encourage student involvement: the experiences and needs of local students should inform the development of the local INSPIRE programme.
  • Promote high quality, collaborative partnerships between members of faculty and students, and between schools and other local/regional/national organisations.
  • Strengthen local, regional and national student research networks, sharing experiences and resources.
  • Foster a research culture in all clinicians entering the NHS, not just those with an interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine. Likewise, INSPIRE aims to foster a research culture in dentists and vets across the country.


For a brief overview of the awards made, the activities implemented by each school and the impacts they have had, please visit the INSPIRE activities page. Additionally, more in depth case studies of certain schools can be found on the INSPIRE case studies page.

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