This grant provides up to £20,000 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.

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Applications for Round 5 are now openThis application window will close  on the 5 September 2019, 16:00 GMT. 


Grants of up to £20,000 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 two years.

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 89 small grants and a further nine special project grants. The grants, previously of up to £10,000, over 1-2 years were awarded in four rounds, reaching 31 schools in the first round in December 2012, 22 schools in December 2014, 8 in 2016 and 28 schools in October 2018. The nine special project grants were awarded in 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

  • King's College London
  • Hull & York Medical School
  • University of Leeds School of Medicine
  • University of Birmingham Medical School
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh
  • University of St Andrews
  • Cardiff University School of Medicine
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
  • Keele University School of Medicine
  • The University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Liverpool
  • Imperial College London
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • University of Leicester Medical School
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Liverpool Institute of Veterinary Science
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Exeter Medical School
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences WITH University of Bristol School of Medicine
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
  • University of Manchester


The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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