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Restricted callAMS Springboard Round 7 (internal deadline22 March 2021) 


The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) has launched Springboard – Round 7, which aims to support newly independent biomedical scientists to launch their research careers. This scheme is targeted at those who have not yet obtained substantial research funding support from other sources, such as large research grants or large fellowships.  

The Academy encourages Springboard applicants from a broad diversity of biomedical research areas (from molecular, cellular and structural biology to anatomical, physiological, psychological, epidemiological and public health research areas). Applicants may use experimental or theoretical approaches and be undertaking everything from basic laboratory research through clinical application to healthcare delivery, as long as the work reflects the Academy’s mission to improve human health through research.  

This scheme includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s acclaimed mentoring and career development programme. 


To be eligible to apply candidates must: 

  • Hold a research post or academic post that incorporates research 
  • Be in a first independent (salaried) position (i.e. group-leader level, line-managed not supervised)
    For more information on how independence is evaluated, please check page 3 of the guidance document, under 'Current post'. 
  • Be within 5 years (FTE) of appointment to this position 
    Candidates that are in a second independent position but can prove it is a side-ways step and not a promotion may be eligible.
     For more information, please check page 3 of the guidance document, under 'Current post'. 
  • Have sufficient time remaining in the current post to complete the proposed Springboard project 
  • Be based within one of the eligible higher education institutions, including the University of Cambridge 

And must not: 
·         Hold a clinical contract 
·         Be in receipt of over £150,000 during the award period (excluding personal salary, overheads or indirect costs) as Principal or Co-Investigator 
·         Hold any of the following fellowships (or equivalent): 
o    Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Career Development Fellowship 
o    CRUK Career Establishment Award 
o    Medical Research Council (MRC) - Career Development Award 
o    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship 
o    Wellcome Trust Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship 
o    Wellcome Trust Seed Award 

For further details please check: 

  • The Round 7 application form guidance 
  • The Round 7 FAQs

University Internal Selection 


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


To take part in the internal selection process please submit the following to by 22March 2021


·      The internal selection form (attached);  

·      A CV (including a list of publications) – max 2 pages; 

·      A support letter from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant, confirming their support for the project and agreement to host the grant; 

·      If the application is a re-submission, the e-mail with the AMS invitation to resubmit and the feedback provided in the previous round (please note only that one re-submission is permitted). 


Funder deadlines: 

  • 3 May 2021 (by 12 noon): deadline for the University Research Strategy Office to notify AMS of the four selected applicants. 
  • 15 June 2021 (by 4pm): deadline for the selected applicants to submit their applications to the AMS. 


Application Form