Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund
The Oxford-Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) will support strategically important activity across the University of Oxford in biomedical and clinical sciences, public health, social sciences and the medical humanities
The ISSF is a block grant provided to the University from Wellcome. The ISSF Committee receives applications for funding from any department in the University. Research projects must fall within the Wellcome remit, as well as the strategic remit of biomedical research at Oxford. The ISSF Committee especially welcomes cross-divisional bids. The University of Oxford and Wellcome are committed to equality and diversity and the ISSF Committee encourages applications so that the ISSF supports the full range of the diversity of our research staff.
The Oxford-Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) will support strategically important activity across the University of Oxford in biomedical and clinical sciences, public health, social sciences and the medical humanities. The ISSF is open to all researchers across the University of Oxford working in these areas.
£1 million per year has been awarded to the University of Oxford by Wellcome for a five-year period (2016-2021). The funding for the Wellcome ISSF block grant will end on 30 September 2022; all projects must end and be fully spent by this date. No extensions beyond 30 Sep 2022 will be permitted.
Funding will be allocated across the following funding streams. Applications are invited to the Individual Career Support scheme and Interdepartmental Strategic Initiatives scheme.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER SUPPORT
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.
INTERDEPARTMENTAL STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Support for strategically important equipment, research assets or staff within shared facilities or support to facilitate the establishment of cross-cutting themes.
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.
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.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WITH RESEARCH
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.
The next deadline for SMALL AWARD APPLICATIONS ONLY is in Hilary term at 12 noon on Wednesday 22 January 2020. Main applications will next be invited in Trinity term 2020.
The following calls are expected to be:
- Trinity Term 2020 (deadline around 29 April 2020): Main and Small Awards
- Michaelmas Term 2020 (deadline around 14 October 2020): Main and Small Awards
- Hilary Term 2021 (deadline in January 2021): Small Awards only
When preparing applications for these deadlines, please note that the funding for Oxford's Wellcome ISSF block grant will end on 30 September 2022; all projects must end and be fully spent by this date. No extensions beyond 30 Sep 2022 will be permitted.
Hilary Term 2021 will be the last ISSF call. Subsequent funding rounds are dependent on receiving further ISSF funding from Wellcome.
For any general enquiries related to the fund or its management please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences Division
Medical Sciences Division
Social Sciences Division
- Professor Matthew Freeman (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology; Wellcome Trust ISSF Lead; Chair)
- Professor Keith Channon (Deputy Head of Division (Research), MSD)
- Professor Sue Dopson (Said Business School)
- Professor Susie Dunachie (Nuffield Department of Medicine)
- Professor Joshua Hordern (Faculty of Theology and Religion)
- Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences)
- Dr Kayla King (Zoology) (until Trinity term 2020)
- Professor Martin Maiden (Zoology) (on leave from the Committee until Trinity term 2020)
MSD ISSF Review Pool Volunteer Form
Please complete the Review Pool Volunteer form if you are interested in joining our pool of reviewers for ISSF. Members of the pool will receive further information and training. Members will not be asked to review more than three applications per year.
- Equipment audits and planning
- 2011 - 2012 projects
- 2012 - 2013 projects
- 2013 - 2014 projects
- 2014 - 2016 projects
- 2016 - 2020 projects
establishing the africa oxford initiative
Professor Kevin Marsh (Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine) successfully applied to the Wellcome ISSF for a grant to establish the Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx), a platform to encourage collaboration between the University of Oxford and African institutions. Find out more.
Developing world-class human neurophysiological resources at Oxford
Professor Charlie Stagg (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) discusses how Wellcome ISSF and John Fell Funding allowed her group to establish world-leading neurophysiological resources at Oxford. Find out more.
What type of research and activities will the ISSF support?
The ISSF is open to all academic members of staff across the whole University and will support proposals in Wellcome research areas that fit within the remit of the ISSF and meet the strategic priorities of the Oxford Wellcome ISSF.
I AM A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
DPhil students are not eligible to apply. Postdoctoral Researchers and Clinical Research Fellows are only eligible to apply when a clear case is made for how an ISSF award will establish their independent career.
What is the expected duration of ISSF projects?
Both short and long proposals are welcomed, the length of the project should be appropriate for the proposed plan of work.
The funding for Oxford's Wellcome ISSF block grant will end on 30 September 2022; all projects must end and be fully spent by this date. No extensions beyond 30 Sep 2022 will be permitted.
Can a proposal have applicants from more than one division?
Yes, the ISSF Committee especially welcomes cross-divisional bids.
What value of projects will be supported?
Both small and large projects are welcomed. The costs of the project should be appropriate for the proposed plan of work.
Can Match be in-kind?
Yes, match can be either cash or in-kind.
Can I apply for match funding from another University fund or from external sources?
Yes, match funding can come from external sources, departmental funds, or can be obtained through partial or full application to central University funds. This match funding must be established prior to submission of a full application.
If the match funding is coming from an external source, this funding must have been awarded specifically for the new project being proposed and not for an existing project. Please note that funding from existing or new Wellcome grants cannot be used as match funding for the ISSF.
Are ISSF grants eligible for Charity QR funding?
No, ISSF grants do not generate any charity QR funding.
Should i submit an X5 costing?
No. Your department administrator should use X5 to generate a costing and these figures should be used in the application form but an X5 Admin Output does not need to be appended to the application.