Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

These grants provide up to £30,000 over 1-2 years for consumables, to support Clinical Lecturers who are looking to develop and strengthen their research careers.

Key dates

Round 16 is now closed

The Panel will convene in December, with the results and feedback sent out in early 2017.

The next round will open in January 2017.


Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers offer funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. The grants allow research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.

To read case studies on Starter Grant holders, click here.

About the scheme

This scheme was launched in October 2008 as a partnership between the Academy and the Wellcome Trust, and we were delighted to welcome the British Heart Foundation in 2011, Arthritis Research UK in 2012, the Medical Research Council in 2013, and the Royal College of Physicians in 2014. In 2016 we warmly welcome our most recent funder to the consortium, Diabetes UK.

The grants provide modest ‘starter’ funds to enable research active Clinical Lecturers to pursue their research work. Clinical Lecturer posts provide a salary but often do not come with the funding to support the costs of the research. This scheme was designed to help bridge this gap by providing Clinical Lecturers with access to modest research funds for up to two years. It gives them experience of preparing a research grant application and helps them establish their research portfolios by providing funding for research consumables.

So far we have supported approximately 315 Clinical Lecturers through 14 rounds of funding, with grants totalling nearly £9 million. In 2011, the Academy and the Wellcome Trust carried out a review of the scheme, which you can download from the right hand side of this page.

In December 2013, we launched the Winter Science Meeting for Starter Grant Holders, an annual event organised exclusively for Starter Grant Holders. For more information please visit the main Winter Science Meeting page.


The scheme is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, Royal College of Physicians and Diabetes UK.

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