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The Michaelmas Term 2020 round of the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (deadline 12pm on 14 October 2020) will be the LAST round of funding allocation from the current block grant from Wellcome. Future rounds will be dependent on the receipt of further funding from Wellcome. 

We are accepting applications for Main Awards (all Divisions) and Small Awards (Humanities, MPLS and Social Sciences Division only) to the Individual Career Support and Interdepartmental Strategic Initiatives schemes. For Small Awards to Departments in the Medical Sciences Division, see the Medical Sciences Internal Fund: Pump Priming scheme which has the same deadline.

When preparing applications for this call, please note that the funding for Oxford's Wellcome ISSF block grant will end on 31 March 2023; all projects must end and be fully spent by this date. No extensions beyond 31 March 2023 will be permitted.

Historically the Individual Career Support and Interdepartmental Strategic Initiatives schemes were open to small award applications (up to £10K) once per term. The Individual Career Support and Interdepartmental Strategic Initiatives schemes were open to main award applications (greater than £10K) in Michaelmas and Trinity terms only.

The Trinity Term 2020 round of the ISSF (deadline 29 April 2020) was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing redeployment of staff to other critical functions and a reconsideration of the University's research priorities.