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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust has announced the 2023 Award for Biomedical Research. One grant of up to £1.7m is offered to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research led by an outstanding researcher in the early years of an established research and academic career.

Please note that the work involved must be the major commitment of the Principal Applicant, comprising at least 70% of their research time or 50% of their total time, whichever is greater. However, the award may not be used to meet the salary costs of the applicant, who should be in institutional-funded posts for the duration of the grant. Please also note that the work must include research on patients.

Examples of the type of research funded under this programme can be found in the previous awards section of the Trust’s website

For further information on the call and the application form, please check the funder guidance notes, paying especial attention to the information on page 3 ("Applications must cover the following points").

University Internal selection:  

Institutions can only submit one application. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure

To take part in the internal selection process, please submit your nomination(s) via our online submission form by 21st September, 2022 (if asked to log-in use your Raven details).

Each applicant will need to have the following information ready to complete the online form submission:

  • CV with publications and grants awarded/awaiting decision (3 pages maximum)
  • Summary of the proposed research, focusing in particular on the following (750 words maximum): Why your project would be suitable for translational study; the unmet need which is to be investigated and how the research will meet that need; a clear strategy defining how the research will translate into benefit for patients and the timescale within which this will take place. 
  • Support letter addressed to the funder from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant which outlines the following funder requirements:
    • the department's support for the applicant and the project and agreement to host the grant 
    • the relevance of the proposal to the University's research strategy
    • how and why the proposal was selected

Please note that the timeline for the internal selection process is constrained by the call dates put forward by the funder.

Funder deadline: 12:00 on 1st November, 2022 (NB: this is the deadline for outline applications; full applications, which are invited from those applicants who are successful in the outline stage, are due 2nd May 2023).

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