Academy secures £11.2 million for innovative programmes



As part of the UK Government’s Investment in Research Talent the Academy of Medical Sciences has secured, £11.2 million pounds over the next 3 years (2018-2021).

This will support three innovative programmes. Each of our schemes provides support to exceptional researchers, spanning the range of career levels within the biomedical and health sciences.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said:

 “The finest science requires the finest researchers. If we are going to solve the biggest health challenges and harness opportunities, we need to attract and nurture the most talented researchers within our network of trailblazing scientists in the UK.

“Excitingly, this funding from The Talent Fund allows the Academy to develop a unique cross-sector leadership scheme that will support today’s biomedical and health researchers to become tomorrow’s leaders of innovation. It will support talented researchers in the middle of their careers to understand academe, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, the NHS and government and forge new collaborations across these traditional boundaries and enhance their dynamic leadership skills.

“The funds will also support 60 Springboard grants for biomedical researchers at the start of their independent careers and eight Rising Stars Professorships, establishing the research careers of talented researchers.

“Together these programmes will support researchers to ensure their talent is recognised, supported and nourished throughout their career. These researchers will help further high quality, innovative research to improve the health of our society.”

 

The funding will support 60 Springboard awards where biomedical researchers receive up to £100k each over two years to establish their independent research programmes, as well as access to our acclaimed mentoring programme and suite of career development training opportunities.

We will award eight Rising Stars Professorships, a new programme to attract emerging talent from across the globe to the UK. The funding package includes £500k for each Rising Stars Professorship; the recruiting Higher Education Institution would also provide supplementary funding. Each award will be for a duration of up to five years and will enable outstanding individuals to be awarded £500k to establish their research teams in the UK.

The Talent Fund will also support the first cohorts of our innovative programme designed to develop future leaders. This scheme will work across sectors including academe, industry, NHS and government to develop leaders who can create collaborations and partnerships that will drive new innovations across the life sciences, for the benefit of all.

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