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

Non-staff research costs, including equipment, are eligible. The fund is open to all researchers who are employees of departments in the Medical Sciences Division but priority will be given to early career clinical researchers who are establishing their independent career. For this reason, if the applicant is an early career clinical researcher this should be made clear in the application. Proposals that can demonstrate matching funding from other sources will be received favourably. Honorary and visiting members of departments are not eligible for this funding.

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

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 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.

This fund is now open for applications. The deadline is 12 noon Wednesday 16 January.

For more information, 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