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Clinical starter grants from the Academy of Medical Sciences can be a natural next step

A highly valuable mainstay of the UK’s biomedical funding landscape, the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers provide funding for consumables to help early career medical researchers get the pilot data they need for larger research bids. The 28th round of the competition is open now with a deadline of 6 September.

The application is straightforward and deliverability is a key criterion. In the words of Nay Aung, a cardiology specialist registrar at Barts Health NHS Trust and a National Institute for Health and Care Research academic clinical lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, “what they’re looking for doesn’t have to be groundbreaking or too ambitious, but achievable within the timeframe”. Aung won his starter grant in 2020 and related his experiences with the scheme in this article, first published in June 2021.

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