Springboard Awards provide small grants to support basic biomedical scientists as they develop their independent research careers. The scheme is a collaboration between the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) and the Wellcome Trust.
Scheme at a glance
- Career stage:
- Type of researcher:
- Basic, Public health
- Where your host organisation is based:
- Level of funding:
Up to £100,000, with research assistance and expenses
- Duration of funding:
Eligibility and suitability
Who can apply
You can apply for a Springboard Award if:
- you’re within three years of being appointed to your first independent post (such as a lecturer position)
- your current post provides you with a salary
- you don’t currently hold significant research funding
- you have the support of your host organisation.
You can find out more about eligibility for the Springboard Award on the Academy of Medical Sciences website.
Who can't apply
If you’re a practising clinician, you can’t apply to this scheme. You may be able to apply for a Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers instead.
What we offer
A Springboard Award from the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) offers up to £100,000 over two years. This amount can be used to cover:
- research expenses
- research assistance
- travel costs for meetings and collaborations.
If successful, AMS will also offer you mentoring and career support.
The Academy of Medical Sciences website has more information about costs.
What we don’t offer
Funding cannot be used to cover personal salary costs.
How to apply
The Academy of Medical Sciences considers applications once a year.
If you have a question, contact the Academy of Medical Sciences:
Develop your research career
See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in postdoctoral research or leading a research programme.