The Trust offers one grant of up to £1.7 million to support a five-year programme of translational biomedical research selected following a competition among applicants sponsored by the UK’s leading medical schools and NHS organisations.
UK medical schools and NHS organisations can submit one application annually, selected following an internal competition. Full details of this programme are given in the guidance notes.
Applications for the 2023 Award are now being considered. Applications for the 2024 Award will be invited later this year.
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 behalf).
Applications are welcome from UK medical schools and NHS Organisations with only one application allowed per eligible institution/organisation. The research must have a justifiable claim to be at the leading edge of international science and must be led by a clearly identified Principal Applicant of outstanding quality in the early years of an established research and academic career.
There is a two-stage application process running from July in the year preceding the Award to November in the year in which the Award is made:
Full details are given in the guidance notes, however the preliminary submission requires inter-alia:
Institutions whose preliminary submissions are long-listed will be invited to complete a full application.
The following documents should be submitted with the completed full application form:
Preliminary submissions are invited in July and must be submitted by midday on the 31 October. The preliminary applications are then long listed by the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and invitations are issued to submit full applications by the end of February and the closing date for full applications is 30 April in the following year. The full applications are externally reviewed and are considered by the MAC who short list a limited number and invite the applicants for interview in the Autumn, when a winner is selected and recommended to the Trustees. The award winner is announced following the Trustee’s confirmation.
Applicants should contact the Trust, should they have any further questions on [email protected].
More information about previous award winners of the Sir Jules Thorn Award can be found in the Previous Awards section of our website.