Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) Springboard Award

The University may make four nominations for Round 6 of the AMS Springboard Award. The award provides funding of up to £100,000 over two years from early 2021 to support research costs (excluding applicant salary) and professional development. The award also gives access to the Academy’s mentoring and career development programme.

Internal applications are invited, from which the University will select up to four nominations to go forward to the AMS. Researchers may self-nominate for this prize, but please note you may only do so with the support of your line manager and head of department. 

Internal applications must be submitted via the IRAMS online application system by noon on Monday 4 May 2020. Departmental approver sign-off must also be provided in IRAMS. To apply, please upload the completed internal nomination form (case for support template) and a CV describing your career history (key publications, grants awarded as PI/Co-I, prizes, memberships, teaching etc) as a single PDF.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. hold a salaried position with the University that incorporates research, and have sufficient time remaining on their contract to complete the proposed Springboard project
  2. be in their first independent position (ie group-leader level, line managed not supervised) and have been appointed within the last 4 years (FTE – exceptions made for career breaks)

To be eligible, applicants must not:

  1. hold any kind of clinical contract
  2. be in receipt of other substantial research funding as the principal or co-investigator, defined as more than £150,000 over the two-year Springboard award (excluding your personal salary and overheads)
  3. have already secured a significant fellowship, such as a MRC Career Development Award, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship or Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please send your CV and a summary of the potential issue you have identified to as soon as possible and before submitting your internal application. We will seek guidance from the AMS as needed.

The Medical Sciences Divisional Office will notify all applicants of the outcomes, and nominate candidates to the AMS, on or around 18 May 2020. The AMS will make the full application form available to the successful candidates in the online Flexi-Grant portal on 20 May 2020. The deadline for submission of applications in the portal is 24 June 2020. These deadlines have been extended due to the impact of COVID-19.

Please direct questions to

Co-ordinated University bids