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Birkbeck Wellcome Trust ISSF (Institutional Strategic Support Fund)

Birkbeck has been awarded a second Wellcome Trust ISSF award (ISSF2) of £1.5m over 5 years from 1October 2016, which is being matched by college funds. The award is to continue to develop our activities in public engagement, early career researchers, career development of academic staff, translational support and inter-institutional and interdisciplinary activities. All activities must fall within the scientific  or medical humanities remit of the Wellcome Trust.

The ISSF funding is overseen by a steering group chaired by the Master, with the five executive Deans, the Pro-Vice Master for Research and the Head of the Research Grants and Contract Office.

Meeting dates and submission deadlines for the 16/17 rounds

  • Submission deadline of 7 March 2017, for consideration at the ISSF panel on 22 March.
  • Submission deadline of 12 June 2017, for consideration at the ISSF panel on 27 June.

Questions

If you have questions please contact Professor Nicholas Keep (Dean of Science).

Support available

Initially, all activities funded by the ISSF2 award must be completed by 30 September 2019, as the funding for years 4 and 5 is subject to review of progress at that time.

Public engagement activities led by Birkbeck

  • Awards of up to £2500 are available for staging public engagement activities in the biomedical sciences or medical humanities.
  • How to apply:
  • Reports on how the funding is spent will be required at the end of the work.

Public Engagement Internship

  • Further details will be posted here in due course.

Opportunities for PhD students at Birkbeck

  • Applications are invited from completing PhD students, for salary costs up to six months beyond the end of their period of formal study to complete publications or develop engagement or dissemination activities. Applications are also welcome from students currently studying for a PhD who wish to carry out public engagement or interdisciplinary activities for a period of up to three months.  A break in studies will apply to this period, if your PhD funder allows it.
  • Funding will cover salary costs for the student on the starting point of the Researcher 1 scale and up to £5000 research/event costs where these are outlined and justified in the application.
  • How to apply:
  • Reports on how the funding is spent will be required at the end of the work.

Fellowships for early-career researchers at Birkbeck or coming from elsewhere

  • We are recruiting three Career Development Fellows.  These are full or part-time posts for 3-year full time equivalent or until Sept 2021 whichever is sooner. The  Fellowships are for promising early career researchers to develop research projects in biomedical sciences or medical humanities and social sciences. 
  • The closing date is 19th March 2017 and interviews will be on 10th or 11th May 2017 see the full job description here
  • There are also opportunities for people with fellowship applications well advanced for support for up to a year. Contact the relevant head of department in the first instance.  The Head of Department should then contact Professor Keep. These applications will be considered at any meeting of the panel, but must come through the sponsoring Head of Department (Assistant Dean).

Career Development Awards

  • This is a new funding stream for ISSF2. Applications are invited from academic staff to support career development activities or training. Examples could include attendance on practical or public engagement courses as well as training related to your academic field (either a course or a visit to another institution to learn a new technique or develop a new collaboration).
  • Funding: Applications are invited termly for awards for up to £2,000 and once a year in the Spring  term for applications up to £20,000.  
  • How to apply:
  • Reports on how the funding is spent will be required at the end of the work.

Start-up funding for early career researchers and people returning from a career break, who are already at Birkbeck

  • Start-up funding for up to £40,000 is available for research projects in biomedicine or medical humanities. Applicants must be early-career researchers within 5 years of their first academic appointment at the date of application, inclusive of employment in academia in other institutions; or academics who have recently returned from a career break for maternity / extended paternity / adoption leave or other caring responsibilities.
  • Only one award per period of leave or as start up will be made. 
  • How to apply:
  • Your application will be judged solely on the information provided in this form.
  • Reports on how the funding is spent will be required at the end of the work.

Conference and symposia support led by Birkbeck

  • Awards of up to £5000 are available for staging interdisciplinary or inter-institutional activities in the biomedical sciences or medical humanities.
  • How to apply:
  • Reports on how the funding is spent will be required at the end of the work.

Translational Activities

  • Awards of up to £5000 are available for translational activities in the medical humanities and biomedical sciences. This may involve hiring a consultant to advise on commercialisation of a piece of research or an activity that can be proposed to be translation in the medical humanities (such as directed work with clinicians or patients).
  • We are not willing to consider experiments unless they form part of a plan for commercialisation that already has been developed with input from outside academia. 
  • How to apply