Apply for an Attachment

Applications for the 2019 round of attachments will open in early 2019. 

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The attachments programme is designed to allow college staff to do collaborative research together with staff at the Crick - and Crick researchers can, similarly, make use of the cutting-edge facilities and world-class research environment Imperial has to offer.

Imperial is keen to encourage more engagement with the attachments programme and staff interested in applying for an attachment are recommended to contact the Imperial Crick team as early as possible. 

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 the Imperial Crick team.

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 unique career development and training environment;
  • 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.The Crick will also act as a national resource, promoting UK-wide engagement, and encouraging collaboration with centres of excellence across the country, and beyond.

Staff with queries about attachments and the key considerations when applying for an attachment at the Crick can contact the Imperial Crick team.