Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund
The College and the Wellcome Trust have established a fund to support our researchers to stimulate interdisciplinary research
The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) scheme provides Imperial College London with funds to develop and embed areas of mutual strategic importance to Wellcome and The College within and across:
> biomedical science
> population health
> product development and applied research
> humanities and social science
> equality and diversity
> public engagement and creative industries.
A range of schemes are available to connect our excellent research capabilities to address the Wellcome Trust research challenges. To learn more about their research challenges, please visit the Wellcome Trust website.
We particularly encourage applications from female scientists and scientists from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in these schemes.
Imperial College London is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.
The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information please see the Research evaluation website.
Find out more about past and present fellows we have supported on the Imperial Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund case studies webpage
Open and Upcoming Funding Calls
ISSF Springboard Fellowships
ISSF Springboard Fellowships provide flexible funding for up to 12 months for early career researchers who have not yet had an external fellowship application accepted, and can demonstrate they are on track for a successful research career. For more information on how to apply, please visit the ISSF Springboard Fellowships Webpage.
Multidisciplinary applications are strongly encouraged. We also encourage applications from female scientists and scientists from a diverse set of backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in this scheme.
Since the events of Summer 2020 and the Black Lives Matter movement, we are looking to be even more proactive in ensuring all our opportunities are open to all groups as part of the bigger effort to make Imperial a truly inclusive place to work. We are aware this ISSF has not supported many fellows from a Black background, so are proactively trying to increase awareness of this scheme and to attract applications from a broader pool of people. Therefore, we want potential PIs to keep this in mind, so if you work with researchers; collaborators from a different discipline; or external to Imperial, this is an ideal an opportunity to encourage them to stay at, or join, Imperial.
Next Call: Now open
Departmental Deadline: 2 November 2021
Application Deadline: 16 November 2021
Decision Expected after: 16 December 2021
Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships
The 1-year Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships support early-career clinical professionals wishing to undertake research, at least in part overseas, to improve the health of people and reduce health inequalities in developed and developing countries. Details can be found on the Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellowships webpage.
NEXT CALL: Imperial is waiting to hear from Wellcome about the new scheme
Sponsor-matching request deadline:
Photo credit: Dr Nathalie MacDermott Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellow (2012)- Urban recruitment, Cole Town, Western Area Rural District, Sierra Leone, March 2017
Open and Upcoming Funding Calls
Imperial Post-Doctoral, Post-CCT Research Fellowship (IPPRF)
The Imperial Post-Doctoral, Post-CCT Research Fellowship (IPPRF) scheme is jointly funded by the Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund. Details on how to apply can be found on the IPPRF webpage.
The purpose of this fellowship is to draw on the research strengths of Imperial to attract early stage clinical academics finishing clinical training to work towards Clinician Scientist, Wellcome Trust or other externally funded clinical research mid-level awards.
This fellowship will be part-funded by the Wellcome Trust ISSF, so the proposed research area should fall within their research remit. For more information please visit the Wellcome Trust science remit website.
There will be up to three opportunities, offering two-year awards, to talented individuals who possess the potential to become leaders in academic medicine. Applicants must be fully qualified medical doctors, have been awarded a PhD or MD within the last 4 years and hold a CCT, or be within 12 months of obtaining CCT (or equivalent) at the time of application.
Please contact email@example.com for queries about this award. Job reference number To be confirmed
Next Call: Imperial is waiting to hear from Wellcome about the new scheme
Departmental Deadline TBA
Application Deadline TBA
Decision Expected TBA
ISSF Daphne Jackson Fellowship
Applications are invited for a Career Re-Entry Fellowship with Daphne Jackson that will be half sponsored by Imperial College London and hosted within any of the four faculties found on the faculties and departments webpage. Details of how to apply can be found on the Imperial Daphne Jackson Fellowship webpage
The fellowship is intended for individuals returning to research part time (0.5 FTE) after a career break of two or more years. This fellowship will be part-funded by the Wellcome Trust ISSF, so the proposed research area should fall within their research remit. For more information please visit the Wellcome Trust science remit website.
Please note: The application process for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship is very different to any other in the STEM area.
The first step is to confirm you are eligible to apply. For more details please visit the Daphne Jackson fellowship requirements website and contact the Daphne Jackson advisors who will guide you through the next stage.
New Call: Daphne Jackson are currently processing applications
Application Deadline: Monday 11 January 2021
Imperial awarded its first Daphne Jackson fellowship in November 2018. Read about Dr Tanweer Beleil’s return to research. and Dr Victoria Orovboni return to research after a 3 year break.
Photo credit: Daphne Jackson Trust - poster presentation at the 5th Daphne Jackson Trust Conference, October 2019, held at the Institute of Physics
Translational Networks of Excellence
The Translational Networks of Excellence scheme - run as part of the Imperial Confidence in Concept scheme with details found on the Imperial College Confidence in Concept website - supports novel translational collaborations across disciplines, partner institutions and commercial entities.
We invite proposals for pilot or feasibility work for translational research, to support knowledge transfer, test or develop new methods, or proof of concept studies.
Projects will be in the range of £40-80,000 for a maximum of 1 year, we expect to support up to 7 projects per annum.
For further information and eligibility, please read the ICiC Application Guidelines Feb 2019 (word) (Imperial login required).
Next call TBA
The Public Engagement funding from the Wellcome Trust’s ISSF enables Imperial to provide support to staff and students interested in engagement, including developing resources and communicating opportunities to get involved. We have many more capacity-building activities planned, including as part of our training programme and Societal Engagement Seed Fund. Please contact the engagement team to discuss how we could help.
The ISSF funded Engagement Coordinator developed a microsite for engagement, to bring together relevant resources and content in one central area
The ISSF funded Engagement Coordinator created this brochure which provides a summary of our engagement activities over the past year
The ISSF-funded Engagement Coordinator created an Engagement Newsletter, distributed termly. Sign up for the Engagement Newsletter.
The ISSF-funded coordinator created an toolkit of useful guides and resources for engagement.