Seed Grant For Research

What we are looking for

This funding is aimed at researchers who wish to advance innovative research focused on health-related problems and need funding to generate data, information and experimental details with the intention of follow-on funding from other funders.

You are expected to provide an original and important question and some preliminary data that can be developed over a maximum of 12 months along with a clear plan for how future funding can be secured. We are particularly supportive of pump-priming new academic-clinical collaborations and early career researchers.

In assessing applications we'll look at:

  • Your track record as a researcher, relative to stage and area of speciality
  • The originality and significance of your research idea within its field
  • The approach and feasibility of the proposed work
  • Expected research outcomes (and a plan for how they will lead to a larger grant in the future)

Who can apply

You must hold a post at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and/or Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals, or City University, School of Health Sciences (if a collaborative project with Barts Health NHS Trust hospital staff).

For the duration of the award, you must have either:

  • an academic, clinical or research post and receive their salary from one of the organisations listed above rather than from another research grant
  • a personal award or fellowship that provides your salary

Applicants are not eligible if they are employed as a postdoctoral researcher on another grant.

Co-applicants and collaborators - the lead applicant must hold a post at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and/or Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals (either employed directly or through a fellowship), but co-applicants and collaborators can be internal or external to these organisations. In addition to the main applicant, an application can include a maximum of 3 co-applicants. We do not have an upper limit on either internal or external collaborators.

What we offer

Please see the Barts Charity Grants cost policy for what types of cost can be requested.

How to apply

Complete an Expression of Interest form and email to the Barts Charity Grants Team to receive an initial assessment of fit for the funding scheme you are applying for. If your proposal is eligible, you will be invited to submit a full application including the relevant endorsement documents via our online application form. You should ensure the application is costed and agreed by the Queen Mary Joint Research Management Office (JRMO).

We recommend you discuss your application with your Institute Director, Head of Department or Senior Leadership before applying.

Funding decision and review

To support a swift decision, applications are accepted all year round and there is no formal application deadline. Funding decisions are taken by the Charity and applications are not externally peer-reviewed.

We are currently reviewing our assessment process for Seed Funding For Research grants.

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