NIHR – Deadline: 5 December 2017

Applications for all post-doctoral levels

The Post Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) offers 3 years full time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who are able to demonstrate their potential as researchers but do not, as yet, have sufficient experience to be fully independent.

The Transitional Research Fellowship (TRF) offers 18 months – 24 months funding (at 100%, 75% or 60%) to support researchers to make a transition from basic or experimental science research to an area of applied health or clinical research which is within NIHR remit. Applicants may also use a TRF to re-establish their career in applied health or clinical research after a significant career break and can be used to provide an intense period of clinical trials training for those new or relatively new to trials and who wish to transition to become a future health research leader competent in clinical trials.

The Career Development Fellowship (CDF) offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who have significant and successful post-doctoral experience. Applicants should be able to provide evidence of a clear commitment to a research career, success in the form of outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research and the likelihood that during a Fellowship they would become fully independent researchers.

The Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) offers 5 years funding to undertake a programme of research and is aimed at outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and research leaders within the duration of an award.

For more information please visit the NIHR website.




NHLI Postdoc Travel Awards-Deadline Closed

In order to continue training young scientists, the NHLI Foundation has generously donated funds to support travel awards for NHLI Postdoctoral Research Associates and Research Fellows for the purpose of presenting at conferences or attending scientific workshops in the fields of cardiovascular and respiratory research.

Applicants can also apply for funding to cover extraordinary costs relating to caring responsibilities when presenting at such meetings e.g. costs related to caring for dependents, such as parents or funds required to cover additional childcare costs whilst attending a meeting.  Applicants may also apply for funding for extra-ordinary costs in addition to travel funding which they have already secured from other sources.

Full details and the application form can be found at:



British Lung Foundation Summer Studentship Award Scheme

We are delighted to announce this year’s summer studentship scheme in collaboration with the Cystic fibrosis Trust, offering promising medical and science undergraduates hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation period. If you are supervising any relevant students, or are a relevant student yourself we would strongly encourage you to make an application.

The scheme aims to attract the brightest and best into a future career in research, combining clinical practice with an active research programme.

A total of 10 studentships will be available, each lasting a maximum of eight weeks, in the following areas:

  • Cystic fibrosis (four places).
  • A specific lung condition, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, COPD or interstitial lung disease (four places).
  • Cross-respiratory research, with value across all areas, such as pulmonary infections (two places).

The award will comprise:

  • a stipend of £1,200 for living expenses,
  • £300 for consumables (including poster printing costs), and
  • expenses for attending the UK CF conference in September 2016, (for those undertaking a CF project), or another relevant UK respiratory conference (for those researching other lung conditions). Please refer to the CF Trust website for further details and requirements.


British Lung Foundation Funding Opportunities

The British Lung Foundation is pleased to announce availability of new funding opportunities for 2016. Applications are invited for support of research into lung disease in the following funding streams:
1. BLF Pump-priming Research Grants
2. Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office & BLF research grants
3. BLF Mesothelioma Research Funding
4. ‘Mesothelioma UK-BLF’ mesothelioma research grant
5. BLF-SILA Sarcoidosis Research Grant
6. BLF Dr Joseph Footitt COPD research grant

• For full details regarding all funding streams, and to download application forms and guidelines, please see https://www.blf.org.uk/Page/Available-grants
• Please read the accompanying guidelines before completing an application form.
• The deadline for the submission of preliminary applications in all funding streams is 1st FEBRUARY 2016.

ERS Long-Term Research Fellowships now open

Applications for the ERS Long-Term Research Fellowships 2016 are now open

Deadline: 31 January, 2016

ERS Long-Term Fellowship programmes offer a unique opportunity for investigators and clinicians in the early stages of their careers to get support for their research activities. Fellowships are intended to fund clinical research, translational research and basic science, giving participants a chance to learn new skills in a different setting.

What’s new this year? Ten different fellowship programmes are running for 2016 including a new programme for paediatrics and two additional funding partnerships with national societies.

Who can apply? Candidates actively engaged in respiratory research or practice; postgraduate degree holders in respiratory medicine or science (MDs, MSc, PhD students, PhD holders); or qualified healthcare professionals (non‐MD).

Plan and prepare: A project proposal of six to twelve months with a mobility component should be submitted online by 31 January, 2016 and should include involvement from your home and host centres. Rules and regulations, programme information and application details are available online.

Current opportunities:

ERS Standard Fellowships
ERS Fellowships for scientifically developing countries
ERS PAH Fellowships supported by GSK
ERS/ALAT Joint Fellowship
ERS/SEPAR Joint Fellowship

ERS International Fellowships
ERS Child Lung Health Fellowships*
ERS/EMBO Joint Fellowships
ERS/CTS Peter Macklem Joint Fellowships
ERS/SPLF Joint Fellowships*
*applicants from scientifically developing countries are also eligible.

Apply by 31 January, 2016

ERS Fellowship in Industry:

For MDs specialised in Asthma or COPD, two fellowships in industry are also open until 10 January, 2016. Find out more and apply online.

MIT-Imperial Seed Fund

The MIT-Imperial Seed Fund aims to kick-start early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’ research ideas that might not otherwise be pursued. The Fund will support early-stage collaboration among academics, researchers and students at MIT and Imperial by facilitating exchange between participating research groups through provision of grants to cover travel, workshops, meetings, hackathons, networks and other activities to explore research directions.

The call is now open to joint applications from MIT and Imperial. Applications are expected to enable researchers at MIT and Imperial to build or reinforce lasting contacts with the very best researchers in their field. Collaborations can be with new collaborators, existing or previous collaborators, providing that the application demonstrates a strong development of the collaborations proposed.

Please see here and the attached guidance document for more information, including the eligibility criteria and application process.

Queries should be directed to Alex Page (International Relations Office) at globalseedfunds@imperial.ac.uk

Funding opportunity MIT-Imperial Seed Fund
Key dates 15 January 2016 (24.59 Boston, USA time) Application deadline
  mid-March 2016 Decisions announced
Contact Alex Page, International Relations Office, globalseedfunds@imperial.ac.uk
Additional information This is not a restricted call

Rosetree Trust Interdisciplinary Prize

The Rosetrees Trust has launched their Interdisciplinary Prize 2016, a program aimed at stimulating the application of Maths and Computer Science to Medicine.

Imperial has been invited to submit one application to this call to fund a project at the interface of Maths or Computer Science to Medicine, with importance on the potential for patient benefit.  The award will be a total of £250,000 over three years.

The College will be having an internal selection process is outlined in the attached document and support must be in place from NHLI and the department in mathematics or computing.  The internal deadline for NHLI to consider applications will be 14th December (12:00pm) and will require a two page proposal together with the CVs of the lead researchers.  Following review in NHLI the College deadline for supported proposals will be 5th January 2016 (12.00pm). The deadline to Rosetrees Trust for the selected College candidate is 31st January 2016.

Rosetrees Criteria 2016