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1 Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities Funding Opportunities in: Medical History & Humanities at the Wellcome Trust Nils Fietje Fay Bound-Alberti 4 May 2012

2 An independent research- funding charity Established 1936 Funded from private endowment Managed for long-term stability and growth Interests range from science to history of medicine Who we are

3 Strategic Plan One vision Three focus areas Five challenges

4 Our Vision “To achieve extraordinary improvements in human and animal health”

5 “To support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities.” Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities Our Mission

6 Three focus areas… Supporting outstanding researchers supporting the best researchers at all stages of their careers; creating the best research environments; influencing the policy landscape Accelerating the application of research stimulating Technology Transfer, clinical research and uptake to policy & practice Exploring medicine in historical and cultural contexts fostering medical humanities, education & public engagement

7 Five major challenges… Maximising the health benefits of genetics and genomics Understanding the brain Combating infectious diseases Investigating development, ageing & chronic disease Connecting environment, nutrition and health

8 Medical History & Humanities Aims To enable bold and expansive research that addresses important questions at the interface of science, medicine and the humanities. To focus funding on fewer, larger grants and continue to support a number of personal awards (Research Fellowships, University Awards). Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

9 Medical History & Humanities Remit The research we fund should develop our understanding of the impact of medicine and medical sciences on human and animal health Research must be historically grounded, drawing, where appropriate, on wider disciplines, in particular the humanities (e.g.: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, etc.) Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

10 Delivering the strategy Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities, Ethics & Society Main grant types: Strategic Awards Investigator Awards Personal Awards Small Grants

11 Major Overseas Programmes Focus countries Other eligible countries Geographic eligibility Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities, Ethics & Society

12 Strategic Awards in Medical Humanities Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities, Ethics & Society Large-scale initiatives or research programmes that engage with 5 strategic challenges and/or explore medicine in its social, historical & cultural context Flagship projects for established groups with strong track records Competing with projects from all areas of the Trust’s interests Highly competitive, even at preliminary stage. Get in touch!

13 Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities, Ethics & Society New and Senior Investigator Awards Joint Investigator Awards are possible Triage and interview Awarded on vision & track record but must be methodologically sound Flexible duration, flexible budgets: the research question should drive application Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

14 Lessons from the first round… 8 grants funded: 4 in MHH, 4 in E&S Sanjoy Bhattacharya, University of York: The local bases of global health Susan Golombok, University of Cambridge: Future families Methodology is key Need to address a mixed audience Presentation: 3 slides to tell your story New Investigators: we want more! Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

15 University Awards Very successful and prestigious scheme Applicants cannot be in an established academic post The university guarantees a permanent post at the end of the award Up to 5 years support, providing full salary for three years, 50% in the fourth year and 25% in the fifth year Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

16 Fellowship Awards Includes an interview stage We expect candidates to have completed their PhD at the point of application Try to have published something from your PhD Up to 3 years support Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

17 Enables clinicians, scientists, or nurses to undertake full-time research at a centre or department with academic expertise in medical humanities, biomedical ethics, or the health-related social sciences Provides the salary of a locum or replacement lecturer for the duration of the award Research Leave Awards for Health Care Professionals/Scientists Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

18 Committee Structure for MH&E Grants MHH ERG E&S ERG MH&H Fellows IC E&S Fellows IC Medical Humanities Selection Panel IA applications, peer-reviewed Fellowship & UA applications Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities Peer-review

19 Assessment Process for IAs Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities, Ethics & Society Optional CV details check Main application submission Expert Review Group review & short-listing (2 ERGs – MHH and E&S) External peer review Selection Panel Interviews

20 Important Dates (1 st Round) Investigator Awards DeadlineFellowships & University Awards 22 nd July, 2012CV Check/Prelim20 th June, nd September, 2012Full Application1 st August, st week November, 2012 ERG1st week November, st week February, 2013 Selection Panel / Interview Committee 1 st week December, 2013 Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

21 Important Dates (2 nd Round) Investigator Awards DeadlineFellowships & University Awards NONECV Check/Prelim2 nd December, 2011 NONEFull Application1 st February, 2012 NONEERG1st week May, 2012 NONESelection Panel / Interview Committee 3 rd week June, 2012 Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

22 PhD Studentships Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities Provides a stipend and research expenses For the full 3 years – must apply before you begin your studies

23 Master’s Studentships Supports Master’s courses in HoM or MedHum at any university with a HoM or MedHum Master’s programme Expected excellent upper 2:1 undergraduate degree Pays for fees and stipend Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

24 £5,000 to facilitate medical humanities research Can fund small-scale projects such as scoping exercises, workshops, conferences, symposia, lectures series, etc. Can pay for research expenses for a larger research project Does not necessarily have to be historically grounded Should have a distinct output Small Grants Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities Wellcome Trust POST Fellowships Available to WT-funded final year doctoral students or early-stage postdocs to spend 3 months at POST

25 People & Society Awards People £30k Exhibitions Events & debates Education projects Drama productions Films Festivals (Science, History & Literature) Public Engagement Grants Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

26 Arts Awards Two schemes: Small £30k Dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media Projects must involve creation of new work Broadcast Development Awards Seed funding for getting early-stage ideas for TV, radio or new media projects to a ‘pitchable’ stage Public Engagement Grants Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

27 Wellcome Library Wellcome Collection Wellcome Trust Book Prize Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities

28 PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH!


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