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					Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities




                                 Funding Opportunities in:


           Medical History & Humanities
              at the Wellcome Trust


                                                             Nils Fietje
                                                             Fay Bound-Alberti
                                                             4 May 2012
Who we are
• An independent research-
  funding charity
• Established 1936
• Funded from private
  endowment
• Managed for long-term
  stability and growth
• Interests range from
  science to history of
  medicine
Strategic Plan 2010-20
• One vision
• Three focus areas
• Five challenges
     Our Vision


 “To achieve extraordinary
improvements in human and
      animal health”
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                                                 Our Mission

                                              “To support the brightest
                                                minds in biomedical
                                              research and the medical
                                                    humanities.”
 Three focus areas…
• Supporting outstanding researchers
    supporting the best researchers at all
    stages of their careers; creating the best
    research environments; influencing the
    policy landscape

• Accelerating the application of research
    stimulating Technology Transfer, clinical
    research and uptake to policy & practice

• Exploring medicine in historical and
  cultural contexts
    fostering medical humanities, education
    & public engagement
 Five major challenges…
• Maximising the health benefits of
  genetics and genomics
• Understanding the brain
• Combating infectious diseases
• Investigating development, ageing &
  chronic disease
• Connecting environment, nutrition and
  health
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             Medical History & Humanities
                         Aims

    To enable bold and expansive research that
    addresses important questions at the interface of
    science, medicine and the humanities.

    To focus funding on fewer, larger grants and
    continue to support a number of personal awards
    (Research Fellowships, University Awards).
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                Medical History & Humanities
                           Remit

• The research we fund should develop our understanding of
  the impact of medicine and medical sciences on human
  and animal health

• Research must be historically grounded, drawing, where
  appropriate, on wider disciplines, in particular the
  humanities (e.g.: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, etc.)
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                                               Delivering the strategy

                                                   Main grant types:

                                                   • Strategic Awards
                                                   • Investigator Awards
                                                   • Personal Awards
                                                   • Small Grants
      Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities, Ethics & Society




    Geographic eligibility




Major Overseas Programmes

Focus countries

Other eligible countries
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                                          Strategic Awards in
                                          Medical Humanities
                                               • Large-scale initiatives or research
                                                 programmes that engage with 5
                                                 strategic challenges and/or explore
                                                 medicine in its social, historical &
                                                 cultural context

                                               • Flagship projects for established groups
                                                 with strong track records

                                               • Competing with projects from all areas
                                                 of the Trust’s interests

                                               • Highly competitive, even at preliminary
                                                 stage. Get in touch!
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               Investigator Awards in Medical
                Humanities, Ethics & Society

• New and Senior Investigator Awards
• Joint Investigator Awards are possible
• Triage and interview
• Awarded on vision & track record but must be
  methodologically sound
• Flexible duration, flexible budgets: the research
  question should drive application
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Lessons from the first round…
• 8 grants funded: 4 in MHH, 4 in E&S
    • Sanjoy Bhattacharya, University of York: The local bases of
      global health
    • Susan Golombok, University of Cambridge: Future families
•   Methodology is key
•   Need to address a mixed audience
•   Presentation: 3 slides to tell your story
•   New Investigators: we want more!
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                                                  University Awards

                                              • Very successful and prestigious
                                                scheme
                                              • Applicants cannot be in an
                                                established academic post
                                              • The university guarantees a
                                                permanent post at the end of the
                                                award
                                              • Up to 5 years support, providing full
                                                salary for three years, 50% in the
                                                fourth year and 25% in the fifth year
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Fellowship Awards


                                               • Includes an interview stage
                                               • We expect candidates to have
                                                 completed their PhD at the point of
                                                 application
                                               • Try to have published something from
                                                 your PhD
                                               • Up to 3 years support
      Funding Opportunities in Medical Humanities



 Research Leave Awards for Health Care
 Professionals/Scientists

• Enables clinicians, scientists, or
  nurses to undertake full-time research
  at a centre or department with
  academic expertise in medical
  humanities, biomedical ethics, or the
  health-related social sciences

• Provides the salary of a locum or
  replacement lecturer for the duration
  of the award
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Committee Structure for MH&E Grants

              MHH
              ERG

                                 MH&H
IA applications,                Fellows IC
peer-reviewed                                 Medical Humanities
Fellowship & UA                                Selection Panel
applications                       E&S
                                Fellows IC

               E&S
               ERG
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   Assessment Process for IAs


Optional                                       Expert Review                     Selection
  CV                  Main                         Group            External      Panel
 details            application                   review &         peer review
 check              submission                  short-listing                    Interviews
                                                 (2 ERGs –
                                                 MHH and
                                                    E&S)
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                 Important Dates (1st Round)
Investigator                                  Deadline      Fellowships &
Awards                                                      University Awards

22nd July, 2012                        CV Check/Prelim      20th June, 2012


2nd September, 2012                      Full Application   1st August, 2012


1st week November,                             ERG          1st week November,
2012                                                        2012

1st week February,                    Selection Panel / 1st week December,
2013                                Interview Committee 2013
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                Important Dates (2nd Round)
Investigator                                  Deadline      Fellowships &
Awards                                                      University Awards

NONE                                   CV Check/Prelim      2nd December, 2011


NONE                                     Full Application   1st February, 2012


NONE                                           ERG          1st week May, 2012


NONE                                  Selection Panel / 3rd week June, 2012
                                    Interview Committee
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                                              PhD Studentships

                                              • Provides a stipend and
                                                research expenses
                                              • For the full 3 years – must
                                                apply before you begin your
                                                studies
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                                              Master’s Studentships
                                              • Supports Master’s courses in
                                                HoM or MedHum at any
                                                university with a HoM or
                                                MedHum Master’s programme
                                              • Expected excellent upper 2:1
                                                undergraduate degree
                                              • Pays for fees and stipend
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Small Grants
 • £5,000 to facilitate medical humanities research
 • Can fund small-scale projects such as scoping exercises, workshops,
   conferences, symposia, lectures series, etc.
 • Can pay for research expenses for a larger research project
 • Does not necessarily have to be historically grounded
 • Should have a distinct output


Wellcome Trust POST Fellowships
 • Available to WT-funded final year doctoral students or early-stage
   postdocs to spend 3 months at POST
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Public Engagement Grants
People & Society Awards
• People < £30k, Society > £30k
• Exhibitions
• Events & debates
• Education projects
• Drama productions
• Films
• Festivals (Science, History & Literature)
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Public Engagement Grants
Arts Awards
• Two schemes: Small <£30k, Large >£30k
• Dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film,
  craft, photography, creative writing or digital media
• Projects must involve creation of new work


Broadcast Development Awards
• Seed funding for getting early-stage ideas for
  TV, radio or new media projects to a ‘pitchable’ stage
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                            Wellcome Library
                      http://library.wellcome.ac.uk
                          Wellcome Collection
                  http://www.wellcomecollection.org
                      Wellcome Trust Book Prize
                  http://www.wellcomebookprize.org
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       PLEASE STAY
        IN TOUCH!

       n.fietje@wellcome.ac.uk
   f.bound-alberti@wellcome.ac.uk

www.wellcome.ac.uk/medicalhumanities

				
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