1907 Research Trailblazer Award 2020

The 1907 Research Trailblazer Award aims to encourage high-impact, step-change approaches to research in the brain and mind sciences for mental health and increase the size of the talent pool of early career investigators researching causes of and cures for mental illness.


The University may submit two applications for the 1907 Research Trailblazer Award. Applicants must have completed their PhD/DPhil/clinical qualification within the last 10 years (with exceptions made for career breaks) and be independent researchers with a full-time employment contract guaranteed for the duration of the project. Projects must be grounded in the study of the biological mechanisms underlying brain function, cognitive processes, and/or consciousness.


The award comprises US$100,000 of unrestricted research funding over 2 years, a $20,000 personal prize and travel and expenses to attend two 1907 Research annual meetings. Funding will support direct costs of research, for example salaries/stipends (except PI salary), equipment, consumables, imaging costs, patient participation expenses, publication fees or travel. Indirect costs and PI salary are not covered.


Internal expressions of interest are invited, from which the University will select two applications to go to 1907 Research. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the IRAMS online application system by noon on Tuesday 31 March 2020. Departmental approver sign-off must also be provided in IRAMS.


Once the successful internal applicants have been notified (on or around 8 April 2020), they must obtain a letter of support from their head of department. The Medical Sciences Division will support applicants in registering for the 1907 application portal by the deadline of 30 April 2020. The full application deadline is 31 May 2020.


Please direct questions to research@medsci.ox.ac.uk

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