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Remit of the Scheme

The Medical Sciences Internal Fund Pump Priming Scheme accepts applications for small awards (up to £10K) to enable investigators in the Medical Sciences Division to obtain pilot data to support larger scale applications for external research funding in the future.

Funding Categories

Funding is available in the categories listed below. All categories are ran simultaneously through MSIF Pump Priming call in IRAMS and can be selected in the Case for Support document. 

Next Deadline

The next application deadline for the MSIF Pump-Priming Scheme is 12pm 10 November 2021

 Eligible applicants must:

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  •  A student
  • An honorary or visiting member of a department

Additional notes on employment

  • Priority will be given to Early Career Clinical Academics (Clinical Lecturers) who are establishing their independent career. Early Career Clinical Researchers should make their status clear in their application.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers and Clinical Research Fellows who are not yet independent may apply, but should make a clear case for how an MSIF Pump-Priming award will help establish their independent career.
  • Clinical Research Fellows who have completed a doctorate may apply.
  • The Early Career Pump-Priming category is eligible for postdocs and early career researchers who have been in an independent post for up to 8 years, where they are responsible for developing and leading their own research agenda.

Eligible costs

Non-staff research costs, including equipment, are eligible for funding. Proposals that can demonstrate match funding from other sources will be received favourably.


Letters of Support

All postdocs applying to the scheme must have a letter of support attached from their Line Manager confirming that the applicant has time to complete the project on-top of their normal responsibilities. 

Additional letters of support, particularly which detail department support, facilities and/or the environment underpinning the project, are not essential but recommended. 

Please submit your application online via the Internal Research Award Management System (IRAMS).

Guidance on using IRAMS 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 advertised deadline date. Applications must be reviewed online for eligibility and departmental support by departmental approvers and, where approved, submitted to the Committee for review. 

Please complete the application form including a two-page summary of the research proposed under the headings in the case-for-support template provided. Please submit this as a single PDF to include all required elements.

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


The next application deadline for the MSIF Pump-Priming Scheme is 12pm 10 November 2021

The next application deadline for the MSIF Pump-Priming Scheme is 12pm 10 November 2021, with subsequent rounds in Hilary 2022 and Trinity 2022. 

Outcomes for each round will be announced est. 6 week after each application deadline. Application rounds will be widely advertised through the University's communications channels and will be visible in IRAMS.


This fund is currently open for applications.

For more information on the MSIF Pump Priming scheme, please contact

  • Colin-York, Huw. RDM. Quantification of cellular mechanical forces using topological-TFM. £10,000
  • Shankar, Sushma. Surgical Sciences. Investigation of the role of human TIM-1+ regulatory B cells in the progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. £10,000
  • Spitschan, Manuel. Experimental Psychology. Night Light: Neuroimaging (fMRI) of the Hypothalamic Response to Light. £7,600
  • Akbar, Naveed. RDM. Plasma Extracellular Vesicle RNA Signatures and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell Transcriptomes in Acute Coronary Syndrome. £14,490.85
  • Hopkins, Samantha. Oncology. Differentiating peptide properties for cellular uptake and p53 targeting. £10,000
  • Sampaio Baptista, Cassandra. Clinical Neurosciences. Imaging motor network dynamics in rodents with fMRI. £9,500
  • Pinacho, Raquel. Pharmacology. A novel genetic model to discover mechanisms of neurotransmitter co-release. £9,653
  • Jayaram, Raja. Clinical Neurosciences. A pilot study of safety and efficacy of beta blockers, statins, ACE-inhibitors, antiplatelets and anticoagulants in sepsis survivors. £9,806
  • Cantley, James. Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. The role of Viperin in beta cell function and inflammation in mice. £9,961
  • Salio, Mariolina. RDM. Characterization of the immunological landscape in Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). £10,000
  • Cristini, Agnese. Pathology Dunn School. Function of RNase H2 in Pol II transcription and R-loop resolution associated with AGS pathology. £9,750
  • Hargreaves, Chantal. NDM Experimental Medicine. Interrogation of DNA damage and repair in Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disorders. £8,500
  • Douglas, Gillian. RDM. Defining the Role of the coronary artery disease Gene JCAD in Vascular Disease. £10,000
  • Jeziorska, Danuta. WIMM. Establishing tools for dual RNA labelling in living cells to investigate how shared enhancers regulate expression of two genes. £9,875
  • Beard, Daniel. RDM. Utilising shear-activated nanotherapeutics to selectively enhance collateral cerebral blood flow during stroke. £10,000
  • Capitao, Liliana. Psychiatry. Susceptibility to peer feedback and its relationship with emotional resilience following bullying experiences. £10,000
  • McLaughlin, Kerry. RDM. The role of tetraspanin-7 in insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells. £10,000
  • Young, Laura. Experimental Psychology. Investigating the effects of optical errors in the eye on real life visual tasks. £10,000
  • Brook, Matthew. Surgical Sciences. Characterisation of the immune infiltrate in kidney transplant biopsies from patients treated with cell therapy. £9,958
  • Bowden, Rory. Human Genetics WT Centre. Oxford Viromics Symposium. £2,000
  • Downes, Damien. RDM. Generation of haplotype resolved whole genome sequencing for deciphering common disease. £10,000
  • Gibbs-Seymour, Ian. Biochemistry. Mechanisms of DNA repair and genome stability. £10,000
  • Arruda Bezerra, Gustavo. Structural Genomics Consortium. Structural characterisation of peptide transporters in the energy metabolism of Porphyromonas gingivalis to enable new antibiotic development. £10,000
  • Pauklin, Siim. NDORMS. Elucidating the function of TET enzymes in pancreatic cancer stem cells. £10,000
  • Sallet, Jerome. Experimental Psychology. Interdepartmental consortium for ultrasound neurostimulation. £5,600
  • Sezgin, Erdinc. RDM. Role of plasma membrane lipids in Niemann-Pick disease Type C. £10,000
  • Soni, Anushka. Clinical Neurosciences. Ultrahigh-field 7T neuroimaging to stratify patients with fibromyalgia and investigate response to multimodal rehabilitation treatment. £9,600
  • Veprik, Anna. Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Unlocking the ACC1-mTOR axes in pancreatic alpha cells. £10,000
  • Babbs, Christian. RDM. Identifying Novel Causes of Anaemia. £9,941
  • Kendal, Adrian. NDORMS. Investigating microfibril regulation of human cell sub-types in degenerative tendon disease. £9,997
  • Zacharopoulos, George. Experimental Psychology. The development of novel dopamine biomarkers using magnetic resonance spectroscopy. £8,150
  • Baruchin, Liad. Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Investigation into the role of interneuron circuit development in schizophrenia. £10,000
  • Ashley, Elizabeth. Tropical Medicine. Multicentre survey to estimate the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B in pregnant women in eight low or middle income countries. £9,990
  • Lee, Regent. Surgical Sciences. Validation of a biomarker panel for the prediction of growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms in humans. £10,000
  • Iyadurai, Lalitha. Psychiatry. Disrupting memory for witnessed psychological trauma: pilot study of a novel cognitive science-derived intervention for emergency department staff. £4,845
  • Redfield, Christina. Biochemistry. Access to Ultra-high Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy for Biomedical Scientists in Oxford. £9,210
  • Hallifax, Robert. NDM Experimental Medicine. Primary Pneumothorax Fluorescein-Enhanced Thoracoscopy (The PREFECT Study). £9,961
  • Haythorne, Elizabeth. Physiology Anatomy and Genetics. How does diabetes disrupt mitochondrial metabolism in pancreatic β-cells? £10,000
  • Clynes, David. Oncology. Establishing a novel toolkit for the study of DNA double strand break resection at telomeres. £9,700
  • O'Shea, Jacinta. Clinical Neurosciences. Boosting brain plasticity by manipulating gut bacteria? £9,673
  • Becker, Esther. Physiology Anatomy and Genetics. Genome Editing Approaches to Improve Human Models of Medulloblastoma. £10,861
  • Sasson, Sarah. NDM Experimental Medicine. Tissue-resident memory T-cell (TRM) response in severe Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). £9,469
  • Oudelaar, Aukje Marieke. Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. Investigation of the role of non-coding mutations in blood cancer development by integrating whole-genome sequencing and functional genomic approaches. £10,000
  • Viney, Tim. Pharmacology. Glass electrode recordings in freely moving mice. £8,480
  • Dujardin, Gwendal. Pathology Dunn School. Identifying a molecular mechanism underlying the disease phenotype in Retinitis Pigmentosa individuals carrying mutations in the spliceosomal gene, PRPF8. £10,000
  • Mielczarek, Olga. Human Genetics WT Centre. Investigation of direct chromatin contacts at genomic loci associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis susceptibility. £10,000
  • Gromak, Natalia. Pathology Dunn School. R-Loops: New Therapeutic Targets in Cancer. £9,791


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Secretary: Adelyn Wise


Professor Ellie Tzima

Professor Paul Klenerman

Professor Stephanie Cragg

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Dr Rogier Mars

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