The University has secured more than £8 million since 2011 from Wellcome Trust for its Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF).
This funding is helping us to realise our biomedical research strategy in the following ways.
The ISSF has part-funded a network of strategic research co-ordinators who ensure closer integration of biomedical research and merging of core facilities.
The ISSF has supported 31 research consortia that integrate the expertise of principal investigators across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Humanities.
There have been a number of strategic collaborative awards in key areas of research. Sixteen awards were made in single cell research utilising the state-of-the-art Single Cell facility.
ISSF has funded five precision medicine collaborative awards and one award in clinical and pre-clinical imaging.
Supporting early career fellows
The ISSF has funded seven fellowship awards to early career researchers.
To date, two recipients have been appointed to lectureships, while two have secured Wellcome -funded Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, one awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship and one recipient has received a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship.
The ISSF has also supported 42 bridging awards for researchers where follow-on grant applications were submitted. The success rate of these applications is around 50%.
Meet some of our fellows who have been funded by the ISSF:
Supporting collaborative academic visits
The ISSF has funded 51 awards for international academic visits to establish research collaborations and/or for researcher training.
Enhancing core facilities
Driven by ISSF support, core research facilities across the University have been integrated and enhanced. Eight ISSF-funded Experimental Officers, embedded within core facilities, have disseminated state-of-the-art techniques to individual laboratories.
Supporting public engagement activities
The ISSF continues to part-fund the public programmes team at the Nowgen Centre, and has supported 41 response-mode public engagement projects that pursue innovative cross-disciplinary projects.
See some our recent public engagement activity funded by the ISSF:
- B e d r o c k exhibition: arthritis research-inspired artwork
- Syria exhibition: reaching out to children and parents of war
- Broken Brain Games: explaining stroke causes and treatments
- Have You Heard?: clearing the haze that often surrounds scientific news stories
- The MixLab: pairing creatives with health researchers to create new works