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.
Applications are invited across the following two calls with a deadline of Friday 11 January 2019 for consideration at the next panel meeting:
- Digital Health Programme
- Career Development Hub (Limited Call)
Digital Health Programme
The University is launching a new Centre for Digital Health, to connect the great opportunities presented by local infrastructure such as Birmingham Health Partners, Health Data Research UK and the Alan Turing Institute with multidisciplinary expertise on campus across medical, biological, social, engineering and physical sciences and beyond.
As part of the early development of the Centre, the Birmingham-Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund will be co-investing in a range of programmes to accelerate new collaborations, outputs and external funding applications. The first wave of these will pump prime collaborations already in action, while subsequent waves would be to initiate and nurture new collaborative activities. The first wave of calls includes:
Where there are existing, ongoing analyses of promising datasets which are realistically feasible for competitive publication in the digital health field in high-ranking journals within the next 6 months, an Output Accelerator award will fund short periods of staff time or consumables. Applications will require compelling evidence of tangible next steps to publication, and that the research team to deliver this are committed and have identified the appropriate staffing or additional analyses needed for completion.
Digital Health Pilot Grants
We are looking to mobilise promising early-stage collaborations between researchers, clinicians and data scientists in order to develop sufficient evidence to underpin external funding applications for research projects. We envisage proposals not exceeding £40k for 3-6 months’ work, and will expect clear work plans, deliverables and credible targets for external funding to be detailed in applications.
How to apply:
All applications to the ISSF Digital Health Programme must be submitted via the online application form available here.
Career Development Hub (Limited Call)
Please note that this round of the ISSF Career Development Hub has limited funding available.
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.
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.
How to apply:
All applications to the ISSF Career Development Hub must be submitted via the online application form available here.
Further information about all four Career Decelopment Hub streams are available here.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.