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Applications invited for fast track grants scheme

Awards of up to £40,000 are available to researchers as part of the fast track grants scheme. The next deadline for the scheme is 5pm on Thursday 1 November 2018.

The scheme is a collaboration between the BRC and the UCLH Charitable Trustees. It provides opportunities to apply throughout the year, targeting UCLH/UCL investigators working at all points along the translational pathway. Awards are made to enable researchers to assemble pilot data on which to build larger grant applications to external funding bodies.

The scheme will have a particular focus on experimental medicine related to the BRC. Subsequently, it will consider pre-clinical proposals and later phase research proposals where alignment with the BRC’s broader goals of translation can be clearly demonstrated.

To apply for CRDC funds the main applicant must be a UCLH/UCL investigator and work must be carried out on one of the UCLH sites.

These sites include:

  • University College Hospital (UCLH)
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital (EGA)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN)
  • Eastman Dental Hospital 

Staff at the following sites are not eligible to apply:

  • Royal Free and Whittington campuses
  • GOS Institute of Child Health/Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Institute of Ophthalmology/Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital/Stanmore Campus 

Proposals will be particularly welcomed from applicants whose work is in line with the experimental medicine strategies of one or more of the 4 BRC Programmes – Cancer, Neuroscience, Cardiometabolic, and Infection, Inflammation and Immunity.

Although open to all grades of staff the fast track scheme is highly appropriate for new Principal Investigators requiring support to build their programme of research.  Individuals can only hold/be named as co-investigator on a Fast Track grant once in every three years. We strongly encourage applications from early career researchers with new ideas to pump prime larger studies.

Applications for Fast Track funding are considered by a Committee, which meets twice a year. The meeting following the November deadline will be in May 2019 (actual date to be confirmed).  If approved, projects may be started immediately. All Fast Track proposals must have the clear support of at least one BRC Programme Director.

Proposals must be £40,000 or under, otherwise the applications will not reach the shortlisting stage.


Applications are now invited for the Spring 2019 meeting and should be sent to Andrew Parsons as indicated below. An application form and guidance notes can be downloaded from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/vacancies (Funding Opportunities).

Please submit one set of the signed application form/attachments as a single PDF or Zip documents by email to A.Parsons@ucl.ac.uk. If you are unable to scan the signed form, one hard copy (with original signatures) must be sent to Andrew at: Vice Provost (Health) Office, SLMS, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, or in person to: Reception, Maple House 1A, First Floor, 149 Tottenham Court Road.

Closing date: 5pm Thursday 1st November 2018