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Our winning proposals: The run-up to a Springboard Award

The Academy of Medical Sciences’ Springboard Award requires applicants to master the essentials of the grant-writing process, previous winners Louise Atkinson and Ana Tiganescu tell Ashleigh Furlong.

Louise and Ana’s top tips

  • Remember the importance of the elevator pitch and make sure it’s at the top of your application.
  • Be explicit in your writing, explaining clearly, for example, why you’ve made certain decisions and who will benefit from your work.
  • Emphasise your current and future career path, including your possible funding trajectory.
  • Think about how your work could align with the Global Challenges Research Fund.
  • Do not be disheartened by rejection—this will give you the chance to strengthen your application should you reapply.

The Springboard Award was set up in 2015 (when Funding Insight first profiled it) as a way to support biomedical researchers in establishing independent research careers. The winners of the scheme receive £100,000 over two years and a package of support including mentoring from the Academy of Medical Sciences. This year the award is run by the academy together with the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Diabetes UK.

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