Institutional Strategic Support Fund

Leicester, University of Leicester, Wellcome Trust, Institutional Strategic Support Fund, ISSF


logoThe Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) enables universities in the UK and Ireland to invest in areas that are of mutual strategic importance to Wellcome and the individual institutions. These are within and across medical and clinical sciences, public health, social sciences and medical humanities.

Leicester WTISSF: Crossing discipline, ethnic and social boundaries to promote health

The latest ISSF award to Leicester is a five year award spanning academic years 2016/17 to 2020/21. Funding of £600,000 for Years 4 and 5 is subject to WT’s acceptance and approval of a progress report and an updated plan for the use of funds. The sum of £300k per calendar year is available from the Wellcome Trust (£1.5M total).

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Bench and taps Launch event 2017 Dig Lecture theatre Launch 2017 skulls

WT ISSF Fellows

Midlands Symposium

Crick Seminars Forthcoming Events Public Engagement

Previous ISSF Success

Fellows poster display Lecture Theatre microscope Looking at a model Cardiovascular Research

The PI for the award is Professor Andrew Fry (, Director of Research and the Manager is Anna Harding, Assistant Registrar (  #ISSFLeicester

See the WTISSF open calls launch event presentations here from the event held on 22nd March 2018

Latest news: LD3/WTISSF Translational Research Project Call. Following the major uplift in MRC Confidence-in-Concept funding, LD3 are putting out a new call for translational projects. This is being done in conjunction with the WT-ISSF, which also has funding available for Translation & Innovation projects. The deadline for this call is 1st May. Further information. Apply now.

Read a new press release from one of our Fellows Dr Clare Lawson

Latest news: Midlands WT ISSF Symposium 2018: Our first Symposium will take place on 20th September, here on campus. More information....

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