Seed Grants for Research up to £50,000
We want to help seed innovative research focused on health-related problems. We’d love to hear your ideas and proposals.
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Level of funding: Up to £50,000

Duration of funding: Up to 12 months

Purpose: To support the development of innovative and original research ideas that will form the basis of a larger grant application to another funder, or pump-prime a new academic clinical collaboration.

We are particularly supportive of researchers at the start of their independent career.

In your application for funding we’ll look for:

  • An original and important question
  • Some preliminary data to develop
  • Your track record as a researcher, relative to career stage and area of specialty
  • The approach and feasibility of the proposed work
  • Expected research outcomes
  • Your plan for how the outcomes will lead to a larger grant in the future

Who can apply

As a Lead Applicant you’ll need to hold a post at one of the following organisations:

  • Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London
  • Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals
  • City, University of London School of Health Sciences

Applications will only be considered for projects that are centered at one of the organisations listed above.

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

  • An academic clinical or research post and receive your salary from one of the organisations listed above rather than from another research grant. If you have a clinical post, you must have protected time for research. 
  • A personal award or fellowship that provides your salary

You can apply with up to 3 co-applicants. They may be external to your organisation, but you’ll need to explain why their specific expertise is needed.

If you hold a Barts Charity Lectureship, you are eligible to apply for this scheme from the second year of your appointment.

Please note that you can only hold one Seed Grant for Research at a time and you are not eligible if you are employed as a postdoctoral researcher.

What we can fund

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

How to apply

Our Funding and Impact team are here to work with you and can offer advice and support. We encourage you to contact us before you submit your application. 

Contact the Funding and Impact team

Stage 1: We recommend that you discuss the application with your Institute Director, Head of Department or Senior Leadership before applying

Stage 2: Complete the online application form

You will also need to upload a completed CV template and a completed endorsement form.

The application must be costed and agreed by the Queen Mary Joint Research Management Office (JRMO), or the City, University of London, School of Health Sciences Research Support Manager. Please contact the JRMO/Research Support Manager well in advance of the submission date to allow enough time to provide your costing.

Funding decision and review

  1. Your application will be checked by the Barts Charity team to ensure it is eligible and within the scheme’s remit
  2. Applications will then be assessed by our Scientific Review Panel
  3. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 10 weeks of the deadline

Deadline dates

We consider applications for this scheme four times a year. The next application deadlines are at 5pm on the following dates:

  • 28 May 2021
  • 17 September 2021
  • 2 November 2021
  • 10 February 2022
  • 26 May 2022
  • 20 October 2022
  • 27 January 2023

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