Anatomy Research Development Award

Anatomy Research Development Award

The Anatomical Society Council is pleased to announce the inaugural 2023/24, 'Anatomy Research Development Award' aimed at researchers in the early stages of their academic careers.

Applications are currently being invited from eligible researchers to commence in 2024. The closing date for applications is midnight 31st December 2023.


Background    This Round has now closed the details below are for information only. The 2024/25 Award will be announced in May 2024. 

For 2023/24, two awards of up to £10,000 each can be provided. Projects are expected to last approximately one year.

The nature of the project proposal is to be determined by the applicant, except that it must lead to defined research output and/or enhance the capacity of the researcher to carry out significant research in the future.

We envisage it might involve funding for a discrete, small or pilot research project and could provide the cost of lab consumables, purchase a specific piece of equipment unavailable to the researcher, access to equipment or services (microscopy, sequencing, proteomics, etc.). This grant should not be used to pay the applicant’s salary and generally not to extend contracts for other staff and students, except under exceptional circumstances that can be fully justified.

The applicant might also propose travelling to another laboratory, providing this is, for example, to establish a new collaboration or to learn a new technique, but should not be used simply to extend existing collaborations.

All applications must be fully costed and all costs justified. The Society welcomes imaginative proposals alongside conventional small research grant applications.

Award holders will be required to submit a progress report to the Anatomical Society within six months of starting, or halfway through the project, whichever comes sooner. They will also be required to submit a final outcome report, which will be posted to the website, within six months of the project finishing. Award holders will also be expected to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation at a meeting of the Society. (NB: free meeting registration will be offered, but not travel or accommodation costs).


All applicants must be members of the Anatomical Society who have been elected to membership by Council for at least one year at the Anatomy Research Development Award (ARDA) application deadline date.

In addition, successful applicants must remain in good standing with their membership fees throughout the tenure of the award.

Please note that if a potential applicant holds an Anatomical Society studentship at the application deadline date, they cannot apply.

It is important that all applicants can confirm that their current posts are secure for the proposed term of the award. It is appreciated that new lecturers may be serving a probationary period. Such lecturers should provide a letter of support from their Head of Department clarifying their status.

 To qualify, the applicant must:

                (a) hold a lectureship or independent research fellowship;

                (b) be within 12 years of being awarded a PhD, exclusive of career breaks; 

                (c) have guaranteed employment for the duration of the project;  

                (d) not currently hold an AS PhD studentship.


To apply

ARDA Information and Conditions 202324_v7_270224

ARDA Application Form

Or by e-mailing



Emails and enquiries should be directed to the Honorary Secretary and Honorary Research Officer  (c/o Ms Mary-Anne Piggott (


Closing Date 

Midnight 31st December 2023.




ARDA Recipients 2023-24