Springboard Awards provide small grants to support basic biomedical scientists as they develop their independent research careers. The scheme is a collaboration between the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) and the Wellcome Trust.
Scheme at a glance
For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.
For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.
Where your host organisation is based:
Type of researcher:
You're not a clinically qualified researcher.
- Public health
Level of funding:
Up to £100,000, with research assistance and expenses
Duration of funding:
Who can apply
You can apply for a Springboard Award if:
- you’re within three years of being appointed to your first independent post (such as a lecturer position)
- your current post provides you with a salary
- you don’t currently hold significant research funding
- you have the support of your host organisation.
You can find out more about eligibility for the Springboard Award on the Academy of Medical Sciences website.
If you want a small grant to develop an original idea, you may also be interested in our Seed Awards in Science.
Who can't apply
If you’re a practising clinician, you can’t apply to this scheme. You may be able to apply for a Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers instead.
Seed Awards in Science
Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers
A Springboard Award from the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) offers up to £100,000 over two years. This amount can be used to cover:
- research expenses
- research assistance
- travel costs for meetings and collaborations.
If successful, AMS will also offer you mentoring and career support.
The Academy of Medical Sciences website has more information about costs.
What we don’t offer
Funding cannot be used to cover personal salary costs.
Please apply to the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) for a Springboard Award.
AMS considers applications once a year. The 2018 competition is now closed for applications.
The Academy of Medical Sciences considers applications once a year. The 2018 competition is now closed for applications.
If you have a question, contact the Academy of Medical Sciences:
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