Interdisciplinary Award

The aim of the interdisciplinary award is to foster innovative research that is at the interface between different disciplines. This year the award is for collaboration between Medicine and Engineering including healthcare technology. Our aim is to identify high-quality research with a clear line of sight to the clinic.

Submission period opening


Submission period closing


Notification of funding decision

October 2021

Grant duration

3 years

Funding amount



  • The interdisciplinary award is for £300,000 paid over 3 years. This funding can be used to support any aspect of the proposed research. We will fund directly incurred costs associated with the project, including salaries, consumables and other running costs. We will not fund directly allocated costs, indirect costs or PhD tuition fees. We will consider travel costs (max. £1000).
  • Funding can be used to fund salaries for post-doctoral research associates, research technicians and research assistants. In special cases, we may consider funding PhD stipends. In these cases, the prospective PhD student must be embedded within a larger programme of research (e.g. a clinical trial or a programme grant) and there must be a clear case that Rosetrees support will provide additional impact.


  • Applications should be interdisciplinary and clearly represent collaboration between medicine and engineering. They can relate to any disease or medical condition that affects a significant proportion of the population.
  • The 2 lead applicants (medicine and engineering) should be tenured academics within the host institution. Only one ID award application can be made per host institution. However, in exceptional circumstances, we can consider applications from two departments in two separate host institutions if, for example, one of the institutions does not host a medical school. In these cases the lead institution will be the one hosting the medical department and will be the only application allowed from that institution. Please contact Rosetrees in advance if more than one institution is involved.


  • This substantial award draws many applications and it is for each university to select the single best for submission to Rosetrees. Once the best application has been selected, please contact Sheree Oxenham (details below) and a link will be provided to make a full application using our flexigrant online application portal. Further details of the application process will be found in the instructions section of the online application form.
  • Please note that the deadline for submission of full applications to Rosetrees is midnight of April 30th 2021.

Evaluation process

  • All applications will be initially assessed by an internal Rosetrees Scientific Panel.
  • Shortlisted applications will then be reviewed by a panel of independent reviewers who will assess a range of criteria, such as: experience and track record of the lead applicants; importance of the research; the interdisciplinary nature of the project; how well placed the researchers are to carry out the study; impact of the research and potential for translation and future clinical benefit; whether the scale and nature of funding is appropriate.
  • The highest-scoring applications will then be reviewed by a panel of specialist reviewers who can comment on the specific area of work.
  • The final funding decision will be subject to internal approval.


For general enquiries regarding eligibility and the application process, please contact Sheree Oxenham (

To apply initially, please contact the Research and Innovation Office at your institution. They will be managing the process and will be able to provide the guidelines.

How to apply

Please contact the Research and Innovation Office at your institution. They will be managing the process and will be able to provide the guidelines.

Please contact Sheree Oxenham for further information.

Review process

All grants will be initially assessed by our internal scientific committee to confirm eligibility, adherence to application stipulations and that they fall within our scientific remit. All suitable applications will be sent for external peer review. Shortlisted candidates will be then considered by our research committee at which point the applications will be graded according to peer review, with the highest quality projects being selected.