Springboard Awards

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

Career stage:

Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme

Where your host organisation is based:


Type of researcher:

Basic, Public health

Level of funding:

Up to £100,000, with research assistance and expenses

Duration of funding:

Two years

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.

Other schemes

Seed Awards in Science

Helping researchers develop novel ideas that will go on to form part of larger grant applications to Wellcome or elsewhere.
Full details of Seed Awards in Science

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

Providing small grants to enable clinical lecturers to pursue their research work, gather preliminary data and strengthen their applications for longer-term fellowships and funding.
Full details of Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers
Scheme finder

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
  • equipment
  • 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 open.


Postdoctoral research

For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.

Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Public health

Develop your research career

See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in postdoctoral research or leading a research programme.

Key dates

The Academy of Medical Sciences considers applications once a year. The 2018 competition is now open.

Contact us

If you have a question, contact the Academy of Medical Sciences:

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