INSPIRE - undergraduate research round 6

This grant provides up to £10,000 each to medical, dental 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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Grants of up to £10,000 per each medical, dental 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. If given an award, schools take ownership of the funds and the responsbility for 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 our INSPIRE case studies .

The Academy offers grants of up to £10,000 to succesful applicants, who each then have the responsibility and ownership for deploying the funds locally for INSPIRE focused activities over a two year period. Such activities should focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops, lectures, events and discussions based around research and research careers.
  • Opportunities to network and develop mentoring relationships.
  • Introductions to practical research through workshops teaching topics such as methodology and laboratory techniques.
  • Stipends for competitively awarded, short-term vacation studentships.
  • Creation of teaching materials.
  • Films, websites and multimedia projects.
  • Opportunities to work in different disciplines to encourage collaborative working.
  • Training opportunities such as science writing and presentation skills.

For Universities that have a medical, veterinary and/or dental school, INSPIRE related activities should be made accessible to all types of student.

In carrying out the INSPIRE project, selected schools nominate a faculty member to be the INSPIRE lead. They are the lead contact for the Academy and for anyone interested in INSPIRE activities delivered in their school. The Academic leads work closely with student representatives to plan activities, apply for funding and lead delivery, in most cases, with administrative support.

The role of the Academy of Medical Sciences

In carrying out the scheme, the Academy will:

  • Administer and manage the grant scheme.
  • Link INSPIRE activities to other national initiatives.
  • Facilitate contact between INSPIRE leads.
  • Host an annual sharing conference.


The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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