Apply for an Attachment

Applications for the third round of attachments to the Crick are now closed. 

Applications for the 2018 round will open in late 2017 / early 2018. Please direct any enquiries to

Imperial College London is a founding partner of The Francis Crick Institute, an entirely new institute with a distinctive vision of how medical research should be conducted. The Crick opened the doors to its cutting-edge Midland Road lab in St Pancras in August 2016, with the vision that the research conducted at the Crick will play a key role in creating the foundation of knowledge on which this century’s improvements in health will be based.

Imperial has helped to shape the Crick's scientific vision, and our engagement will ensure that collaborations between the world-class scientists and medical researchers from the College and the Crick continue for many years to come.

College staff will be able to spend time, along with their research group, conducting research together with staff at the Crick - and Crick researchers will, similarly, be able to make use of the cutting-edge facilities and world-class research environment Imperial has to offer. These arrangements are known as staff attachments.

Types of Attachments

Group Secondments

A PI and all or part of their research group will transfer to the Crick for an agreed period (normally up to six years).


Will enable a PI to spend up to a year working in a specific Crick research group to learn new techniques or undertake hands-on collaboration.


A group of researchers (typically no more than three, but dependent on funding) embedded in a group at the Crick to undertake a specific collaborative project while the PI remains at the College. These will normally be for a period of up to three years, with the possibility of extension. Satellites are intended to be flexible and longer-term satellites may be possible.

Crick to University Attachments

Applications for Crick to university attachments, whereby Crick researchers undertake work in a College department, are also encouraged. Members of staff interested in hosting Crick researchers in their lab should discuss this at an early stage with their Head of Department, and are welcome to discuss their plans with Anthony Wilkinson (

Benefits of Crick Attachments for Imperial Staff

  • The opportunity to collaborate with world-leading biomedical scientists and researchers in related fields;
  • Access to world-class equipment and facilities;
  • Membership of scientific interest groups;
  • A regular programme of seminars and symposia;
  • Training and development opportunities;
  • Being part of a cohort of researchers based at the Crick from across the university partners;
  • The opportunity to translate basic science into clinical discoveries.

Any general or more specific queries about attachments and the key considerations for College staff who may be considering applying for an attachment at the Crick can be directed to Anthony Wilkinson.