Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF3)

How to apply

Application guidance and application form for those applying for an ISSF award.

Application Procedure

2020/21 deadline for applications

Thursday 17th December, 5 pm (Outcomes announced early February 2021)

Please download the application guidance and application form below.

Key information 

  • Applications are to be ranked and submitted by Directors/Heads of CMVM and SBS Research Institutes or for other Schools in CSE and CAHSS, by the College Dean of Research - see below.
  • Only applications of clear strategic importance should be submitted.
  • There will be a strict limit on the number of applications per institute – see  below.
  • Applicants must include a statement of support from the Head of Institute/Dean of Research.

Maximum number of applications to be submitted:

Research Institute / College

                                                          Maximum number of applications


1. College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Edinburgh Neuroscience


Institute for Genetics & Molecular Medicine


The Roslin Institute and R(D)SVS


The Usher Institute                                                                                                     


Queen’s Medical Research Institute


Other CMVM groups (submitted by CMVM Dean of Research)



2. College of Science and Engineering

School of Biological Sciences:


Institute of Cell Biology


Institute of Evolutionary Biology


Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences


Institute of Immunology & Infection


Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology     



3. Cross-college

Institute of Regeneration and Repair

Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CMVM and CSE)                                     



4. Other Schools within the College of Science and Engineering

   Up to 5 applications, to be submitted by the College Dean of Research.


5. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

   Up to 5 applications, to be submitted by the College Dean of Research.


6. CMVM and CSE college level

    Up to 3 applications where these do not fit into any of the above categories - e.g.  college-level activity, training, etc.

Application form and guidance  including FAQs