Medical Research

The Trust’s main objective is to fund translational research which will bring benefit to patients through improved diagnosis or by assisting in the development of new therapies for important clinical problems. It recognises also the importance of encouraging young scientists to pursue a career in clinical research. Its two grant schemes have been designed with those objectives in mind. All areas of research are considered.


The Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research

One grant of up to £1.7 million is offered annually to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research selected following a competition among applicants sponsored by the leading UK medical schools and NHS organisations.

UK medical schools and NHS organisations are eligible to submit one application annually, selected following an internal competition coordinated by the Research Dean, Head of the Medical School, or other appropriate person having delegated authority.

Please note that the Trust is unable to provide a grant for an existing project, to cover expenditure already incurred, or to supplement support provided by other funding bodies (such as third party fundraising organisations that commission research on their own behalf).

The criteria, application process and timetable for the competition are given in the  Guidance Notes.  Preliminary applications for the 2019 award may now be submitted by eligible institutions until 31 October 2018.

If, having read the Guidance Notes, potential applicants have any questions they should contact the Trust.

Details of previous Award winners can be found in the Previous Awards section.


The Sir Jules Thorn PhD Scholarship Programme

This funding scheme is being restructured and will not operate in 2018. Details of the Trust’s future provision of PhD awards will be announced on this website in due course.