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ISSF funding has been allocated across the following funding streams. Applications through open competition were invited to the Individual Career Support stream and Interdepartmental Strategic Initiatives streams only


Main and small awards are available for early career researchers, mid-career researchers and discipline hopping to pump prime activity and facilitate successful applications to external funding schemes. 

More details and how to apply ...


Support for strategically important equipment, research assets or staff within shared facilities or support to facilitate the establishment of cross-cutting themes.

More details and how to apply ...


Support for early stage translational projects in order to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects via the Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund.

More details and how to apply ...


The ISSF is contributing toward supporting diversity at the University of Oxford. This includes supporting the institutional bids for Athena SWAN Silver and the Race Charter Mark, and the Returning Carers’ Fund small grants scheme.

More details and how to apply to the Returning Carers’ Fund ...


The ISSF is used to support a culture of Public Engagement with Research (PER) across the University by building capacity (for example through training), raising the profile of PER and supporting reward and recognition (for example through the Vice-Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research Awards). 

Unfortunately this funding stream is not able to support individual PER activities.