Are you an early career researcher in your first independent post? Does your research have clear relevance to human health? If so, the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard awards may be what you are looking for!

The Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard awards are aimed at biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. The scheme was set up in 2015 as a way for the Academy to support early career researchers who have yet to receive significant research funding and transition to independence.

These awards offer up to £100,000, to cover direct research expenses and professional development within a defined research project. If successful, you would also have access to the Academy’s mentoring and development programme, further supporting your progression at this critical career stage.

To be eligible you must:

  • Hold an academic post that incorporates research
  • Be in your first independent position
  • Be within four years of appointment to this position.
  • Have an appointment which covers the length of the award.

In addition, you cannot:

  • Hold a clinical contract of any kind
  • Or be in receipt of substantial research funding as a principal or co-investigator exceeding £150,000.

The University of Westminster is accepting outline applications to identify applicants who can submit to the scheme. If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to be considered, please complete this pro forma and send, along with a 2 page CV, to h.patel@westminster.ac.uk by midday on 6 May 2020 using the subject line: AMS Springboard proposal.

The Springboard champion, Professor Brendon Noble, and deputy champion, Dr Nina Smyth, are happy to be contacted if you would like to discuss your proposal.

Full details can be found here.

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