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This is a University of Oxford fund intended to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly interdisciplinary fields. It will make seed corn and start-up grants, and provide funds to stimulate applications to external funding bodies.

The John Fell Fund has three termly rounds of Main and Small Award applications.

Award types

Applications can be made for any of the following purposes:

a) Pump-priming 

b) Early career researcher

c) Other academic activities

d) Research facilitators 

e) Support related to bids for external funding 

f) Strategic investment in research assets

In addition, the Medical Sciences Division is allocated a separate annual funding stream; this is used to support Divisional strategic initiatives.

For prospective Category F applications please speak to the John Fell Fund Medical Sciences Divisional contact ( 

There is more information about the John Fell Fund available on the Research Services website.

For information on eligibility, please see Research Services website.

All applications to the John Fell Fund must be submitted online via the Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS)To progress to the next stage, applications must be approved by the department before the deadline.

For prospective Category F applications please speak to the John Fell Fund Medical Sciences Divisional contact, Leila Whitworth ( 


  1. The Divisional John Fell Fund review committee consists of 10 senior academics from across the Division and is chaired by the Deputy Head of Division (Research). This committee reviews, scores and ranks proposals. 
  2. The Division then makes recommendations to the University John Fell Fund Committee. Small Award applications are dealt with by the Chair of the University Fell Fund Committee by Chair’s action. Main Award applications are considered alongside applications from all Divisions and service departments at the termly University Fell Fund Committee meetings.
  3. The John Fell Fund administration (located in Research Support) provides letters to each applicant on the outcome oF their application and deal with the administration of awards, including extensions to awards and reporting.

Applications, scores and reviewer comments may be shared with other internal University panels to ensure maximum value for money.

Please see the University John Fell Fund website for termly deadlines for Main and Small Award applications. Your department may have an internal process ahead of the advertised deadline so please check their procedure before you start writing your application.

If you cannot find the required information on the John Fell Fund website, or have further queries, please e-mail


Chair: Professor Keith Channon

Secretary: Adelyn Wise


Professor Richard Gibbons (WIMM)

Professor Gail Hayward (Primary Care Health Sciences)

Professor Jemma Hopewell (Population Health)

Dr Kassim Javaid (NDORMS)

Professor Chris O'Callaghan (NDM)

Dr Elizabeth Tunbridge (Psychiatry)

Dr Francis Szele (DPAG)

Dr Jane Hirst (Women's & Reproductive Health)

University John Fell Fund Committee


Dr Manisha Nair and Prof. Marian Knight (Nuffield Department of Population Health) received a grant from the John Fell Fund to support their work in establishing an obstetric research system, based upon a UK model, in Assam, India. 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. 

Exosome switching, a new mechanism in cancer biology 

Professor Deborah Goberdhan (Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics) received money from the John Fell Fund to support her work investigating exosome switching. Find out more. 

Further funded projects

  • Zaccolo, Manuela. DPAG. Funding towards a specialist multi-user microsurgery and functional imaging facility in the Biomedical Sciences Building (BSB), South Parks Rd area. £70,000.00
  • Roberts, Thomas. DPAG. Next generation exosome therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. £59,654.73
  • Ptchelkine, Denis. Oncology. A protein purification platform for structural. £75,000.00
  • Lennox, Belinda. Psychiatry. Neuronal autoantibodies and brain electrophysiology. £45,655.09
  • Rinaldi, Simon. Clinical Neurosciences. Zika infection and autoimmune peripheral neuropathy. £7,400.00
  • Pollard, Andrew. Paediatrics. Haemophilus influenzae b carriage amongst community-based children after conjugate vaccine introduction in Nepal. £7,507.57
  • Lyons, Brian. Oncology. Generation of a click chemistry compatible oncolytic virus which can be chemically enhanced with biochemical targeting and novel bio-conjugation chemistry to increase tumour infectivity. £7,000.00
  • Garner, Lee. NDM:Target Discovery Institute. Identification of arthritogenic-related TCRs in patient samples by single-cell sequencing. £7,500.00
  • Castrejon-Pita, Alfonso. Engineering Science/NDORMS. Towards nano-inkjet 3D printing. £95,000.00
  • Ahel, Dragana. Dunn School of Pathology SNF2 ATPases in genome stability and human disease. £98,525
  • Akiyoshi, Bungo. Biochemistry. Dissect the molecular mechanism of microtubule interaction in trypanosomes.     £21,107
  • Dong, Tao. NDM. Studying VOP and TSP specific T cell responses in EBV associated NPC and HPV associated cervical and head/neck cancer. £175,000
  • Fugger, Lars. Clinical Neurosciences. Functional Mechanisms Controlling Pre-eclampsia. £50,000
  • Owens, Raymond. NDM. Oxford Nanobody Consortium. £84,703
  • Song, Rinn. Paediatrics. Improving Paediatric TB Diagnosis. £50,056
  • Fischer, Roman. NDM. Upgrade of state-of-the-art mass spectrometer for deep Proteomics. £7,500
  • Michl, Johanna. Physiology Anatomy and Genetics. Using whole-genome CRISPR/Cas9 screening to identify genes implicated in cancer cell survival under acid-stress. £6,000
  • Mohammed, Shabaz. Biochemistry. A lumos for the masses. £210,000
  • Nayler, Samuel.  Physiology Anatomy and Genetics. In vitro modelling of human cerebellar development using induced pluripotent stem cells through single cell sequencing. £7,500
  • Ottley, Edward.  Oncology. The use of chromogenic in-situ hybridisation to investigate the expression of molecular subtype-specific miRNAs and targets in pT1G3 progression to muscle-invasive bladder cancer. £7,439