The Wellcome Trust's Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) provides funding to a range of UK-based universities, investing in strategic areas of importance across the Trust's portfolio.
Career Development Hub
Through the ISSF the University is now establishing a Life Sciences-focused Career Development Hub, mirroring the broad research remit of the Wellcome Trust in terms of support and funding eligibility.
The key themes within this are: effective management of critical career transition points where researchers are vulnerable; support for increased flexibility and responsiveness to research opportunities; further support to promote development of skills and collaborations, particularly interdisciplinary; and ensuring equality and diversity in research careers.
Deadlines for 2018 will be confirmed shortly.
There are four funding streams available via the Career Development Hub:
Excellent researchers at either the late PhD or postdoctoral stage of their careers can apply for personal salary support and up to £25,000 per year research pump-priming and mobility funding to establish a competitive position for external Fellowship applications.
Critical Data Awards
Excellent researchers across any of our highlighted career stages can apply for funding awards of up to £15,000 (early-career) or £25,000 (mid-career) to deliver key experiments or other research work which either provides compelling pilot data for a specified external application, or supplements existing data to enable publication in a high-impact journal.
Collaboration and experience outside the UK is essential to deliver world-leading research, and funders are placing increased emphasis on global partnerships which directly address issues specific to regions such as Low & Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Excellent researchers at any of our highlighted career stages are therefore encouraged to apply for Mobility awards of up to £10,000.
Excellent researchers may face a multitude of challenges, within and without the University environment. We wish to offer support for return to work for ECRs/MCRs after responsibilities such as maternity/paternity leave, but also caring for sick family members or other difficult personal circumstances.
Further details about all four streams are available here.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
Please note: All applications must be submitted via the online application form https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/uob-wellcome-trust-career-development-hub-application
Applications are welcomed at any time, with four annual UoB ISSF Panel meetings deciding the majority of awards, with the next meeting taking place in September.
Applications must be submitted by Friday 25th August 2017 for consideration at the September 2017 panel meeting.
Decisions can be made more rapidly where needed, please get in touch to discuss.