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Support for researchers including clinicians who have held a post that includes responsibility for developing their own research agenda for less than eight years (including periods at other institutions and excluding career breaks) is available. Funding from the ISSF is intended to accelerate establishment of early career researchers’ research and scholarship and help early career researchers work toward e.g. Wellcome Fellowships, Investigator or Seed awards.


This OUCAGS initiative is intended to support post-doctoral clinical lecturers and assist their career progression by providing funds to support their career and professional development. This could include:

  • Research assistant/research nurse support, or other administrative support, to generate preliminary data to underpin external grant applications (up to 1 year full-time)
  • Secondments or short-term research assignments (e.g. to an external laboratory)
  • Attendance at conferences, if no other source of funding is available
  • Training of any kind that will support research career development (e.g. King’s Fund programmes)

These are illustrative examples and the list is not exhaustive. Any reasonable applications will be considered provided the link to career development in clinical/scientific research can be demonstrated.


Support for excellent researchers who hold an independent post who have a reduced research portfolio due to for example, a period of increased teaching or administrative load, or reduced hours for sickness or caring reasons. Funding from the ISSF is intended to reinvigorate the research careers of these mid-career researchers. Funding is intended to be awarded as part of a package of support outlined by the relevant Head of Department/Faculty in the application to ensure that such researchers will have the time and resource required to be strong candidates for further funding e.g. WT Seed awards.


Funding will be awarded to independent researchers of any career stage who currently work outside the Wellcome remit in order that they can apply their expertise to the Wellcome goals of understanding health and disease, and improving health.