Funding is allocated across the following funding streams. Applications are invited to the Individual Career Support stream and Interdepartmental Strategic Initiatives stream only.
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.