St George's has been awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund. The fund enables universities to invest in areas of research relating to medical and clinical sciences, public health, social sciences and medical humanities.

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What our ISSF funding will be used for

St George’s is exclusively focused on health-related research. Below, you can read about the ways we aim to use our ISSF funding.

Our research strategy aims to maximise the benefits of our location within St George’s Hospital through the establishment of Clinical Academic Groups, and through support of early career researchers. We hope to increase clinical translational input into our basic research, and provide stronger basic mechanistic research approaches to our clinical research.

St George’s has a strong record for research impact and we are keen to build on this strong foundation by expanding our areas of research and developing new centres of research excellence.

Our ISSF objectives

The ISSF will be used to support six areas of activity.

1.    Investment into young early career researchers
Our Research Institutes provide an excellent research environment for early career researchers. Recognising the importance of this group of scientists is a key component of our research strategy.

2.    Protecting research time for clinical consultant staff
This investment will help to draw wide-ranging clinical academic expertise into our research structure, leading to stronger integration between clinicians and academics at St George’s and improvements in translational and clinical impacts to our research.

3.    Pilot research projects
A pilot project scheme will support those aiming for research grant applications from major funding bodies, in our research areas of strategic importance. See below for a list of funded projects.

4.    Cross-cutting core research investment
This supports key core services of value across St George's. It will enable the acquisition of new research capability and capacity. In the long term this will result in the development of new research directions.

5.    Public engagement
ISSF investment will be used to incorporate public engagement into our taught courses, to fund public engagement training for students and staff, and to develop public engagement opportunities for those who require them.

6.    Career development
Funds will be used to explore new ways to facilitate career development for non-professorial research staff, particularly for those with complex working patterns or personal circumstances.

 

Funding to support research activities that cut across our research institutes and clinical academic groups

St George’s, University of London has been awarded Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) from the Wellcome Trust for 2016-2021 and has allocated £229,000 over this period to support research activities that cut across our research institutes and CAGs. By extending our existing strategy to support key services that are of value to multiple research groups and provide opportunities to establish new research collaborations, this investment will strengthen our research portfolio and improve our research impact. The short term impact will be the acquisition of new research capability and capacity. In the long term, we expect this activity to result in development of new research directions, more robust grant applications and higher impact outputs.

Applications are invited from all members of staff. The funding could be used to support equipment purchase and/or skilled personnel. The potential benefits to multiple research groups across the Institution must be clearly described and evidence of PI support for the proposed cross-institutional collaboration must be provided. Applications that provide new training opportunities for young scientists, or support the University’s research relationship with the Trust and existing and emerging CAGs, will be prioritized. Please demonstrate how the investment will build research capacity and infrastructure at SGUL and potentially contribute to SGUL’s research impact.

A requirement of ISSF investment is that research areas of importance to the Wellcome Trust will be prioritized, particularly those that are currently being funded at St. George’s.

The funding allocation is up to £65K in each of Years 1 and 2 (starting October 2016), and £33K in each of Years 3-5. Applications can be made for part or all of the allocation for any duration up to 3 years, but a long-term continuity plan must be included to demonstrate how the activity will be sustained as ISSF funding diminishes.

Application forms are available online. Applications should be submitted by email to Louise Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The closing date for the current call is 5pm Friday 14th July 2017.

Selection of successful applications will be determined by the ISSF committee comprising Dean of Research, Institute Directors, Director of JREO, Head of Enterprise and an external expert.

Research Funding for Trust Staff to Collaborate with SGUL University Researchers

St George’s, University of London has been awarded Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) from the Wellcome Trust for 2016-2021 and has allocated part of this (£132,000) to encourage Hospital Trust staff to engage in academic research in collaboration with research staff in the University. This investment seeks to ensure continuity of clinical input and collaboration in our research portfolio, which has historically been one of our main areas of strength.

All members of staff are invited to apply for funding for 1-2 sessions per week for up to 6 months to carry out a defined piece of work. Up to 11 such awards will be available over 5 years.  The support must be used to develop a research collaboration with a Principal Investigator in the University, from the Institute for Infection and Immunity, the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Institute or the Institute of Population Health. Examples include performing a pilot study, writing a high impact paper, or preparing a collaborative research grant.  A requirement of ISSF investment, is that research areas of importance to the Wellcome Trust will be prioritized, particularly those that are currently being funded at St. George’s.

Application forms are available here (MS Word). Applicants are required to confirm approval from the relevant Care Group lead as part of the application process. Applications should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date for the current call is 5pm Friday 30th June 2017. It is expected that further calls will be made annually.

Selection of candidates will be determined by a committee comprising senior academics in both institutions, primarily on the basis of fit with our research strategies and the research potential.

Personal Development opportunities for non-professorial research staff

Do you want to go on a course or attend a conference but can’t because of personal commitments?

 

St George's is piloting a project to explore new ways to facilitate personal development for non-professorial research staff. You can apply to the new Wellcome Trust ISSF personal development fund if you need some extra support to attend a personal development event because of special circumstances. 

The fund will not be used to pay for attendance at a meeting or course, but you can use it to pay for something that would facilitate your attendance; for example, if you need to pay for additional child care or carer costs. Up to £100 per day is available; the total per staff member cannot exceed £600.

To apply, please send an email to Louise Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the following information:

1. Your name, your Institute and position, your email address.  
2. Name and dates of the meeting or course you want to attend, and your reasons for attending.
3. The source of funds if any for registration, travel and accommodation (delete as appropriate).     
4. The reason you are applying to the ISSF personal development fund and the amount requested.


If you wish to discuss your application first, please contact Professor Julian Ma (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Funded studies

Pilot research projects, winter 2016:

  1. Professor Pippa Oakeshott, Dr S Tariq Sadiq, Dr Adam Witney, Dr Liqing Zhou. 'Genital microbiota in women who did and did not develop clinical pelvic inflammatory disease: proof of principal, matched cohort study using novel sequencing technology'

  2. Dr Claire Nightingale, Professor Peter Whincup, Professor Christopher Owen, Dr Alicja Rudnicka, Professor Derek Cook. 'Exploring the feasibility of a longitudinal (cohort) study investigating the development and determinants of type 2 diabetes risk in adolescence and early adult life in UK South Asians, black Africans and white Europeans.'

  3. Dr Pascal Drake, Dr Tim Szeto. 'Development of colicin-based antimicrobial cocktails'.

  4. Dr S Tariq Sadiq, Professor Philip Cooper, Dr Natalia Romero, Dr Emma Harding-Esch, Dr Cynthia Marquez, Emma Cousins. 'Estimation of prevalence of common sexually transmitted infections (3TI) among female sex workers in Quito, Ecuador and early evaluation of utility of an approved rapid molecular technology to give precise 3TI treatment in real-time'.

  5. Dr Ingrid Dumitriu, Dr Satdip Kaur. 'Characterisation of the frequency, phenotype and suppressive function of regulatory T cells in patients with atherosclerosis.'

  6. Dr Katalin Török, Dr Silke Kerruth. 'The role of αCaMKII clustering in ischemia.'

 

Read more about ISSF funding on the Wellcome Trust website.


Last Updated: Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:31