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 other than Cancer and HIV/AIDS 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 .

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

Three grants are available annually to support high-quality postgraduate research training in UK medical schools under the supervision of a Senior Clinical Lecturer. A scholarship meets the cost of a stipend, tuition fees and consumables over a three-year course of study leading to a PhD degree.

Scholarships are available only through medical schools invited to participate.

Each November, selected medical schools are invited to apply for one scholarship to fund a three-year research project in the laboratory of a nominated Senior Clinical Lecturer who will supervise the PhD student. If the application is approved by the Trust, the medical school is able to advertise the scholarship to postgraduate students. The successful applicant, chosen competitively, will commence the project in the following Summer.

Criteria, application process and timetable for the Scholarship are given in the Guidance Notes. Details of previous Scholarship winners can be found in the Previous Awards section.

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).  The Trust supports the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments.  This research only takes place where there is no alternative available.  All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this statement.