SUSTAIN - women in research

SUSTAIN is a programme that enables women in research to thrive in their independent research careers. It provides an innovative programme of training and support to develop participants’ leadership and career potential.

Key dates

Applications for SUSTAIN Round 10 are now open.  Deadline for applications is Monday, 18 March, 16:00 GMT.

Scheme OPEN

Not enough female researchers are securing senior leadership posts in the UK. A concerted effort is needed to ensure women are appropriately supported along their career trajectory to enable them to secure those senior positions.

Our SUSTAIN programme provides female researchers a fantastic opportunity to benefit from individualised support tailored to their career needs. 


About the programme

We are delighted to announce the 24 SUSTAIN participants starting their year-long programme on Wednesday 29 November. As in previous rounds, applicants were chosen randomly and stratified by location and funder. For SUSTAIN Rounds 8 and 9 we are trialing a new selection process, ensuring a minimum number of places go to those who are further minoritised within academia. All applicants are grant awardees funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Medical Research Council, the Royal Society or the Royal Academy of Engineering. The programme will provide the participants with a range of innovative training and support opportunities to develop and refine their leadership and career potential. 

SUSTAIN round 9 participants: 

Alison McNeilly, Principal Investigator (Tenure Track), University of DundeeAlison Twelvetrees, Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University of Sheffield
Celine Maistret, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and proleptic lecturer, University of Bristol
Charlotte-Eve Short, Academic Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London
Clarissa Czekster, Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Lecturer, University of St Andrews
Claudia Lindner, Senior Research Fellow, Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University of Manchester
Elisabeth Rounis, Neurology Consultant and Clinical Academic Partnership Awardee, University of Cambridge
Farzana    Meru, Associate Professor (Reader) and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, University of Warwick
Gabriella Pizzuto, Lecturer, University of Liverpool
Julie McDonald, Lecturer, Imperial College London
Kiterie Faller, MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow / Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology, University of Edinburgh
Lauren Byrne, Senior Research Fellow, University College London
Lorraine Cowley, Principal Genetic Counsellor, Newcastle University
Louisa Pollock, Consultant Paediatrician (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde), Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (University of Glasgow), University of Glasgow
Marina Antoniou, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of Warwick
Patrycja Brook, Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Durham
Sarah Hill, Research Fellow, Royal Veterinary College
Stella Paddick, Consultant old age psychiatrist, Newcastle University
Tara Sutherland, Lecturer (research and teaching), University of Aberdeen
Valerie Soo, Advanced Research Fellow, Imperial College London
Verena Zuber, Lecturer in Biostatistics, Imperial College London
Yaara Lefler, Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University College London
Yijing Xie, Research Fellow, King's College London
Zahra Raisi-Estabragh, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer (Cardiology), Queen Mary University of London


SUSTAIN  is supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Medical Research Council, the Royal Society, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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