INSPIRE is a UK-wide initiative designed to engage medical, dental and veterinary undergraduates with research.


Since INSPIRE’s launch in 2013 we have delivered three rounds of grant funding to support medical schools across the country deliver locally designed activities aimed at informing and exciting both medical and dental students about the benefits and potential of a career in research.

In 2016, the INSPIRE scheme was expanded to include all veterinary and a new competitive round of grant funding was awarded. 

Many Schools have chosen to collaborate on projects regionally. All are delivering activities that have been designed and delivered with the input of students. 

INSPIRE’s core elements:

  1. ‘Small grant awards’ open to all UK medical schools (recognised by the GMC) and all UK veterinary schools offering grants of up to £10,000 for INSPIRE focused activities. 58 awards have been made so far and Schools are delivering their activities.

  2. A ‘special project fund’ for Schools to pilot or expand/develop particularly innovative projects. 9 awards were made and the activities are currently in delivery.

  3. A series of workshops hosted by the Academy for Schools to showcase their activities, share learning and develop new ideas.

INSPIRE is co-ordinated by the Academy and supported by the Wellcome Trust.


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