Supporting research and building careers in the Biomedical Sciences

To date, Liverpool has received £6.25m from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF), a pot of money dedicated to enabling universities to enhance their institutional strategies for the biomedical sciences, through support of high-quality research, career development for academic staff, and public engagement.

Within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, ISSF funding has been used to:

• Develop career progression schemes tailored to non-clinical scientists, junior clinical staff and veterinary-qualified staff,
• Fund short-term bridging for junior post-doctoral researchers,
• Support the activities and events of postdoctoral networks,
• Provide funds for public engagement activities that fall within the remit of the Wellcome Trust.

The University has also committed to contributing match funding for all fellowship posts, creating even more opportunities for researchers.

Wellcome Trust ISSF 2017-2021

In October 2016, Liverpool was awarded a third Wellcome Trust ISSF award, worth £2.5 million over 5 years.

Over this five year period, the Faculty will use its ISSF allocation to focus support in the following areas:

• Continued support of current appointed non-clinical Tenure-track Fellows,
• Seed corn funding for existing and newly appointed non-clinical and clinical early career researchers,
• Support of Veterinary Research Leave Fellowships and short term “Research Tasters” for qualified Vets,
• Short-term bridging for junior post-doctoral researchers and support of post-doc networks,
• Development of a public engagement strategy, support for public engagement training and events.

In addition, there are plans to broaden the use of the fund to include supporting initiatives within the Medical Humanities, partnerships between academics and industry, interdisciplinary research, equality and diversity initiatives, and support for our shared research facilities.

To find out more about the Wellcome Trust ISSF or to learn about current opportunities please contact Malcolm Jackson or Sophie Archard.