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The Oxford-Wellcome ISSF Interdepartmental Strategic Initiative stream will support strategic initiatives by supporting:

  • Equipment, research assets or staff within shared facilities where there is evidence of strategic need.
  • Establishment of cross cutting themes through activities such as e.g. research facilitation, symposia or conferences in order to encourage collaboration in new areas.

Only initiatives that are able to demonstrate a clear strategic need will be supported, the Interdepartmental Strategic Initiative stream will not support individual research projects or projects limited to only one department/faculty.  

The total cost of individual projects is not normally expected to exceed £200,000. Applications requesting the maximum funding amount will need to make a strong strategic case for the level of support requested.


Applicants must normally be employed by the University, hold a contract extending to at least the end date of their proposed project (or an underwrite from their department), and fit into at least one of the categories described above. DPhils, Postdoctoral Researchers and Clinical Research Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Costs

The ISSF is only able to support projects in Wellcome research areas. Any direct cost associated with the project is eligible. This includes but is not limited to staff costs (excluding PI salary), consumables, equipment, access fees, animal costs, payments to research participants and teaching buy out. Please note that any buy out plans must be approved in advance by both the department and/or the college. No indirect or directly allocated costs will be supported. Any queries about eligible costs should be addressed to your ISSF Divisional Point of Contact

Applicants should work with their departments to cost their proposal accurately using X5. This costing does not need to be submitted to Research Services, instead the X5 costing admin output for your project should be included in your application.

Match Funding

It is expected that funding requests to the ISSF for awards over £10k will have a minimum 20% match component at the point of application. Match funding can come from external sources (excluding Wellcome), or departmental funds. Queries about match funding should be directed to your ISSF Divisional Point of Contact in the first instance.

Please note that funding from existing or new Wellcome grants cannot be used as match funding for the ISSF. 


Only small award bids are invited for Hilary Term 2018. Please submit your application online via the Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS) by midday on Wednesday 17 January 2018. 

Guidance in the form of quick reference guide (QRG) documents for applicants, departmental approvers and administrators can be found on Research Support pages.

Note that some departments may have set an earlier internal deadline so please check with your local admin team and prepare your application well in advance of the date advertised above. Applications must be reviewed online by departmental approvers and, where approved, submitted for review by the Committee before the deadline.