Funding mechanisms


The Leicester ISSF has the following funding mechanisms:

Early Career Researchers Fellowships

Co-Leads: Professor Martin Halliwell, Professor Steve King and Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter

The bulk of ISSF funding is used for a competitive Early Career Fellowship scheme directed at our four strategic priorities. Senior staff mentor these highly promising researchers, and we provide cohort-training to augment current institutional researcher training activities through our Doctoral College. Recruitment of new Fellows has now closed.

Public Engagement

Co-Leads: Dr Elizabeth Hurren, Dr Cas Kramer and Dr Marie Nugent

As part of the Wellcome Trust’s bid to embed Public Engagement (PE) within research institutions, the ISSF will be used to do exactly that by focusing on three pillars: Training, Events and Recognition.

Inclusion Schemes

Leads: Kate Williams, Henrietta O'Connor

Support for Returners to Research and for Leadership Training for our WTISSF Early Career Research Fellows.

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Discipline Bridges Tiger Teams

Through our funded tiger teams, we aim to break down the silos that have traditionally been a feature of higher education research, enabling academics to explore new, highly innovative ideas, and to stimulate increased ambition through interdisciplinary collaboration. Tiger teams may apply for up to £5,000 for up to six months.

Further information is available here.

Partnership with the CRICK

The WTISSF is supporting engagement with the Crick Institute in London, especially for our early career reseachers.

Further information is available here.


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