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In April 2020 the Medical Sciences Division suspended allocation of funding through the Medical Sciences Internal Fund (MSIF) Bridging Salary scheme and the Family Leave scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the long-term impact of the pandemic on the research funding landscape, it has been decided not to reactivate these two schemes.

A new one-off Health Research Bridging Salary Scheme opened in April 2021 (deadline June 2021) to provide short-term bridging salary support for early career researchers who rely on external funding for their salary and whose research funding has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.