These grants provide up to £10,000 each to medical and veterinary schools across the UK with an aim to inform and excite students about the opportunities and potential of a career in research.

Key dates

Applications for Round 4 opened on 2 April 2018, 11:00 GMT.  This application window closed on the 25 May 2018. 


Grants of up to £10,000 per each medical and veterinary school across the UK are awarded to inform and excite medical, dental and veterinary students about the opportunities and potential of a career in research. Individual schools, if awarded, take ownership of the funds and the responsbility of designing and implementing locally designed INSPIRE activities over a period of one year.

Information about INSPIRE funded activities in previous rounds can be found below, or view INSPIRE case studies of individual schools.

INSPIRE began in 2012, with £1million in funding from the Wellcome Trust. The scheme has been open to all medical schools since its induction and all dental and veterinary schools since 2016. In this time, we have awarded 61 small grants and a further nine special project grants. The small grants of up to £10,000 over 1-2 years were awarded in three rounds, reaching 31 schools in the first round in December 2012, 22 schools in December 2014 and another eight in 2016. The nine special project grants were awarded June 2014. For more information about the activities designed and implemented by each school, please scroll down to the 'Recent Awardees' section.

Schools have flexibility in how they use funds and, as a result, variation exists between the schools from developing events with broad engagement to supporting research projects for individual students. Many schools have chosen to collaborate on projects regionally with all schools delivering activities that have been designed and delivered with the input of students.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • Inspire medical, dental and veterinary undergraduates to consider a research career.
  • Stimulate 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.

Recent Awardees


The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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