The Starter Grants scheme provides financial support to enable research-active clinicians to secure preliminary data to develop further applications for research funding. Since the scheme’s launch in October 2008, 346 awards have been made through 15 rounds of funding, with grants totalling over £9.8 million. The Researchfish report demonstrates the sustained value of the scheme. During the period of April 2015 to March 2016 alone, Starter Grant holders reported:
- 337 new publications,
- 7 new Clinician Scientist Fellowships and
- £22.7 million in new following on funding.
"The Starter Grants scheme provides crucial start-up funds to clinicians and this report demonstrates the continued success of our awardees and the high value of the scheme", said Professor Marina Botto FMedSci, the Chair of the Selection Panel. "While we’re delighted with the outcomes of the report, we’d like to encourage more applications from candidates with family and caring commitments. Dr Sophie Papa, a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, is an exemplar of the success such Starter Grant holders can achieve." For more details on Dr Papa’s career, see a case study here.