Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research (deadline: noon, 13 September 2017)

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The University of Oxford has been invited to submit one application for the Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research. Each year the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust offers a single award for an outstanding quality researcher in the early years of an established research and academic career. Funding of up to £1.5 million is available over a maximum of five years to support a programme of translational biomedical research.

Projects must involve patients and have a clear strategy defining how the research will translate into patient benefit. The award will not support cancer or HIV/AIDS-related research. There must be a clear specification of the hypothesis based on pre-clinical experimental data supporting the rationale of the clinical study, arising from the applicant’s own work. The award may not be used to meet the salary costs of the applicant(s) who should be in institutionally-funded posts for the duration of the grant. 

Further details about the specifications relating to the scheme and a list of previous award winners can be found on the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust website.

Those wishing to apply should submit their expression of interest to by noon on Wednesday 13 September. The expression of interest should consist of the following:

  • no more than 2 pages of A4 summarising the proposed research, explaining why it would be suitable for a translational study, the timescale for clinical applicability, the unmet need which is to be investigated and how the research will meet that need
  • a one-page CV for the principal investigator, including main publications

The successful nominee will be notified by 2 October. They will then be required to submit their preliminary application to the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust by 1 November 2017.

Questions about the application process should be directed to

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