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Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund

The University’s Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (Wellcome ISSF) supports a portfolio of biomedical research activities that harmonises with our research strategy.

The current ISSF award of £2.5 million will run for five years (2016-2021) and support a range of activities including fellowship opportunities for early career researchers, funding for interdisciplinary collaboration in biomedical research, projects in public engagement, and awards for training, collaborative visits and 'discipline-hopping'.

The calls have been designed to provide the maximum added value to our research activities. It is a strategic priority for the University to conduct biomedical research of the highest quality which results in impacts that have economic, social and cultural benefits.


The University has been awarded Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) from Wellcome. In addition to supporting research, there is currently funding available for pump-priming research fellowships.

Learn more: Wellcome ISSF Pump Priming Fellowships 2021 (PDF)

See information on other opportunities at the links below.

Funding research success

Supporting early career fellows

Read first hand accounts of how the ISSF has helped our researchers to achieve their career aims.

A Stepping Stones fellowship funded by the Wellcome Trust ISSF allowed me to continue my research whilst applying for external fellowships. I now have my own lab in the Wellcome Trust Cell-Matrix Centre, supported by a Wellcome Sir Henry Dale fellowship. I’m thoroughly enjoying running my own group – it’s exciting to see your own ideas being developed by others.

Dr Sarah Woolner / Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow

Case studies

Funding from the ISSF has been used to drive a number of activities that engage the public in our research.

Highlight publications

See key outputs from research funded by the ISSF.


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