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Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund

With generous support from the Wellcome Trust, King’s will undertake a series of activities to develop research and support staff.

1. Support for translational pilot studies

This is incorporated into the KHP R&D Challenge Fund. The Fund is designed to help researchers develop an evidence-base sufficient to enable them to apply for more substantial funding from established bodies such as the Medical Research Council or the Wellcome Trust.

2. Prize Fellowships 

With additional support from the London Law Trust KHP Biomedical Research Centres, 2 year post-doctoral Prize Fellowships are offered.  These are intended to facilitate recruitment of the most promising early-career researchers, capable of obtaining long-term support through externally-funded post-doctoral fellowships.

The first round of this scheme will be launched in March 2015.

3. Small grants for public engagement

Small grants (generally £100-1,000) are available to individual researchers or groups of researchers to undertake public engagement activities, such as participation in science festivals or Pint of Science.  Interested academics should contact Tom Foulkes.

4. Parenting Leave Fund

This supports the staff returning to work after a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave (or during that period), by making awards of up to £10k.  For details, please see the university Parenting Leave Fund webpage.

5. Development of cross-disciplinary research

Pump-priming funding will be used to stimulate new collaborations and develop research in the following areas:

  • Quantitative Biomedicine & Biophysics
  • Urban Public Health
  • Diabetes
  • Child Health

The funding will be allocated following a series of workshops in each area.


Oversight will be provided by a dedicated group, consisting of Professor Sir Robert Lechler (Chair), Vice Principal (Health); Professor Reza Razavi (Director of Research for King’s Health Partners) and Professor Shitij Kapur (Deputy Vice-Principal and Dean of IoPPN).


Enquiries about the ISSF funding can be directed to Tom Foulkes or Simon Howell

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