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Pump priming grants

Opening date for applications: 15 September 2022

Closing date for applications: 7 December 2022

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is offering awards to newly appointed consultants (appointed since 2017), senior lecturers, SAS doctors and post-doctoral trainees in surgery who are working at hospitals and universities within the UK. The aim of the awards is to give assistance to such surgeons in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Awards will be made competitively and may be used flexibly to support the award holder’s research programme.

Nature of award

The award is up to £10,000 over two years and must be used exclusively to support the award holder’s own research and may not be used for their own personal salaries. They may be used, among other things, for small items of equipment, consumables or technical assistance.

At the end of the year, the award holder will be required to write a short report on the use they have made of the award.


All applicants must comply with the following:

  • Must be members or fellows of RCS England

    In addition, successful applicants must remain in good standing with their membership fees throughout the tenure of the award
  • Must not have received a pump priming grant from us before
  • Must be consultants (appointed since 2017), senior lecturers or post-doctoral trainees or SAS doctors in the early stages of their independent research careers
  • Must be working in surgery in the UK.


Adjudication is by members of the Research Committee, advised by its panel of external referees. Consideration will be given to the research potential of the applicant/application.

Preference will be given to applicants wishing to explore novel and original lines of research that may not yet be at a stage suitable for support from the major funding bodies. Applications for support of research projects, which are already well funded, will be given a low priority.

Financial arrangements

Once the award has been made, the successful candidate should invoice the RCS England research department for the sum agreed.

Presentations and publications

The College’s research award should be acknowledged at all presentations and in publications. From time to time the award holder may be asked to make presentations on behalf of the College.


The application should comprise of the following:

i) Completed Application form
ii) A supporting letter from your HOD. This letter should make clear the degree of departmental support which will be made available to you
iii) A curriculum vitae of two pages or less
iv) A list of your publications
Please send all the above to for the attention of Linda Slater

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