When: The 2022 call for applications to the attachment programme is open from Monday 7 February until 1500 on Monday 4 April 2022.  

Apply: Once you have identified a suitable Crick collaborator, or a Science Technology Platform (STP) of interest, and obtained approval from your Head of Department, please use the forms at the bottom of this page to apply for an attachment. It is possible to collaborate with more than one Crick group leader, and across more than one STP. Please notify the Crick-Imperial Partnership Manager, Dr Corinne Hanlon, of your interest in applying and reach out if you would like any assistance or further information. 

More information: The attachment programme promotes new multidisciplinary collaborations by allowing our researchers and their groups to work at the Crick. The programme aims to attract people and groups with skills that are complementary to the Crick’s core talents and capabilities and to identify research projects that will best benefit from Crick interactions. Therefore, applications in engineering, physical, mathematical, computational, clinical and translational sciences will be prioritised in general. Imperial is particularly keen to see applications from the Faculty of Engineering. 

From 2022, a greater level of flexibility has been introduced to the programme to allow for our community to create an attachment best suited to their science, skills and needs. Attachments range in duration from 1 to 6 years. Examples of types of attachments might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • A PI might transfer all, or the majority of, their research group (including postdocs, PhD students or technical staff) to the Crick for up to six years. The Crick becomes the primary research base for group and the PI spends the majority of their time at the institute.
  • A PI might transfer a subset of their staff (postdocs, PhD students or technical staff) to the Crick (possibly on part-time basis), with the primary research base for the group remaining at the home university, with the PI visiting the Crick occasionally. The scientists may be embedded within a single Crick research group or STP for an agreed period working on a defined project or could work with multiple groups and STPs.
  • A PI might spend up to a year on sabbatical (full or part time) working in a Crick research group, for example to learn new techniques or to undertake a hands-on collaboration.
  • Reverse attachments (Crick to HEI): Crick group leaders are invited to apply for a reciprocal form of attachment where they can transfer a subset of their Crick group to University (possibly on part-time basis), with the primary research base for the group remaining at the Crick and the Group Leader visiting university occasionally. Such opportunities should be discussed with the proposed collaborator(s) at the partner university and the Crick Research Director, Sir Richard Treisman (profile). Applications are to be submitted by the Crick group leader and through the Crick directly.

These examples are not intended to be exclusive; in all cases the proposed attachment will be assessed primarily on its added value to the applicant, the University and the Crick whilst ensuring the group can be accommodated within the spaces allocated to each university. Applicants should therefore discuss their proposal with the Crick-Imperial Partnership Manager before starting their application.

Benefits: A fantastic way to hear about the benefits of undertaking an attachment is to watch presentations from existing attachment holders from across the three partner institutions. You can view details of these talks on our Events section of this site.  

Crick Roadshow: In her capacity as Chair of the Crick Advisory Group (CAG), Professor Maggie Dallman gave a series of talks to various departments and groups in early 2022 around the opportunities open to our community through the Crick Partnership including the attachment programme. If you would like a copy of the presentation, and are College staff, please email the Crick-Imperial Partnership Manager, Dr Corinne Hanlon c.hanlon@imperial.ac.uk

Faculty representatives: Each Faculty has an assigned Crick representative who you may wish to reach out to for strategic advice. 

Julie McCann Faculty of EngineeringFaculty of Engineering 
Professor Julie McCann (profile)
Interim Vice-Dean (Research) for FoM 
Email: j.mccann@imperial.ac.uk


Graham Cooke FoMFaculty of Medicine 
Professor Graham Cooke (profile
Deputy Head of Department (Infectious Disease) 
Email: g.cooke@imperial.ac.uk


Paul French Faculty of Natural SciencesFaculty of Natural Sciences 
Professor Paul French (profile
Vice-Dean (Research) for FoNS 
Email: paul.french@imperial.ac.uk


Approved attachments: The following individuals (in no particular order) either currently hold an attachment at the Crick or have held an attachment at the Crick in the past. 

  • Faculty of Engineering: Molly Stevens (Materials). 
  • Faculty of Medicine: Avinash Shenoy (ID), Clare Lloyd (NHLI), Wendy Barclay (ID), Xiaodong Zhang (ID), Holger Auner (I&I), Teresa Thurston (ID), Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu (ID). 
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences: Gunnar Pruessner (Maths), Cristina Lo Celso (Life Sci), Doryen Bubeck (Life Sci), Ed Tate (Chem), Marco Di Antonio (Chem), Morgan Beeby (Life Sci), Paul French (Phy).  

Application forms: The 2022 guidance notes and application forms are presented below for reference only.  

Contact: For any queries, please contact the Crick-Imperial Partnership Manager, Dr Corinne Hanlon c.hanlon@imperial.ac.uk.