ITMAT Call for Proposals: Developing Capacity

To build capacity in patient-based discovery research and experimental medicine across the NIHR Imperial BRC, we are pleased to announce this “Developing Capacity” call for proposals.

The call aims to support researchers at the level of late stage Clinical Research Fellow, Clinical Lecturer or early stage Lecturer within the Imperial BRC. It provides an opportunity to exploit the ITMAT capabilities with 12 months of seed funding. Funding from this call will provide a boost to promising projects, facilitating the generation of additional data and/or evidence that will support follow-on Fellowships and awards from other funders, within a period of 12 months from project completion. We want to support genuinely innovative, potentially high-risk investigations ready for rapid delivery, but which are not yet in a position to attract external funding.

Clinical Research Fellows wishing to apply for this award must be in the final year of their PhD at the time of application; while Clinical Lecturers and Lecturers must be “early stage”.

Any clinical academic member of staff with a substantive employment contract with either Imperial College London or Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust may apply. All applicants must hold a contract of employment which extends to at least the end of the proposed project and all applicants must have secured departmental approval prior to submission.
Applications are eligible from Imperial College London substantive employees, who are attached to either Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, or The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Project work must take place within the NIHR Imperial BRC and therefore a substantive employment association with Imperial College London is required in these cases.

Applications that are cross-Departmental, cross-BRC Theme and cross-Faculty are welcomed.

The NIHR Imperial BRC has allocated approximately £150,000 of funding to support this call which we expect will fund up to 6 projects. It is recognised that costs for some proposals may be higher than others; however, an indicative cost per proposal is likely to be between £20,000 and £25,000 over the 12-month period.

Projects will be funded for a maximum of 12 months.

Details of the call can be obtained from the BRC Office (