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The Medical Sciences Internal Fund Bridging Salary Scheme provides short-term awards to cover the salary costs of research staff at postdoctoral and early career researcher levels, who are currently funded on external research grants, while they seek long-term support, also from external sources.

It is essential that applicants read the FAQs before applying to this fund. 


The Bridging Salary Scheme provides funding to support the salary of postdocs and early career researchers between external grants. 


This bridging support will normally be for a maximum of three months (FTE).  Longer periods of support may be considered in exceptional circumstances. It is accepted that researchers may have to wait considerable lengths of time after submission until the start date of any external research grant awarded.

Reflecting the intention to support postdoctoral and early career researchers, awards are capped at a maximum of £17,230 (3 months employer cost at Grade 8.10).

The Medical Sciences Internal Fund Bridging Salary Scheme will normally fund contributions to the total employer cost of salaries only, and will not fund consumables or other non-staff research costs under this scheme.

The Medical Sciences Internal Fund looks favourably on applications where there is evidence that the department is also prepared to prioritise the application by making a contribution to the total cost of cover. Bridging support applications can only be submitted to the Medical Sciences Internal Fund on or after the date on which external funding applications for long-term salary support are submitted.