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Sir Roy and Lady Calne Pump priming grant for transplantation

Deadline for receipt of applications: Closed for 2023

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is offering one award of up to £10,000 to newly appointed consultants (appointed since 2018), senior lecturers, SAS doctors and post-doctoral trainees in surgery who are working at hospitals and universities within the UK. The aim of the award is to give assistance to a surgeon in the early stages of their independent research career. The award 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 one year and must be used exclusively to support the award holder’s own research and may not be used for their own personal salary. It may be used, amongst other things, for small items of equipment, for consumables or for technical assistance. Applicants will be asked to provide an outline of how they will spend the award but may be allowed subsequently to change their plans, subject to approval from the College.

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 2018), 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 and preference will be given to consultants/trainees 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 an award has been made, the successful candidate should invoice the 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.


Application should comprise:

  • Application form
  • A supporting letter from your HOD. This letter should make clear the degree of departmental support which will be made available to you.
  • A curriculum vitae of two pages of less
  • A list of your publications

Please send to for attention of Linda Slater

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