Research and Innovation

If you a healthcare professional and are interested in getting involved in research more but need some financial support, there are different funding opportunities available to assist such as project grants, fellowships etc. Please click here to download the latest list of funding opportunities.

Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) programme

In addition to this, the Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) programme for non-medical healthcare professionals is now open for applications.The programme, which is funded by Health Education England (HEE) and managed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), provides a range of opportunities to undertake fully funded clinical research, research training and professional development whilst maintaining clinical practice and salary.

The programme provides a great opportunity for non-medical professions to begin or continue a clinical academic career. Please see information below.

This scheme provides exceptional, independent researchers with an exciting opportunity to pursue innovative, bold and potentially transformational research within The Society’s scientific remit.

The objectives of this re-launched scheme are to support:

  • Innovative research that will lead to preliminary or proof of concept data for unproven or novel and transformative ideas.

  • Fundamental research in new and emerging areas or that have the potential to open up new areas of research. 

  • Original and bold research that may lack a sufficient evidence base in the literature and so unlikely to fare well in the normal peer review process and be supported by traditional grants schemes.

It covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering and mathematics, but excluding clinical medicine. Researchers with an established track record in their own field that have identified an opportunity to develop their research in a new direction and into an emerging field of research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information.

The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) Scheme is aimed at non-medical healthcare professionals requiring statutory registration, sited in England who have at least one year’s experience of clinical practice since graduating, have had sufficient research experience or research training to prepare them to undertake a PhD, and who wish to obtain a PhD by research whilst still developing their clinical skills. The CDRF is an individual training award and offers funding to cover the salary costs of the award holder, their PhD tuition fees, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme. A CDRF award will require that the individual has a contract of employment with the Host Employer for the duration of the Fellowship. Closing date is 19 May.

For further information click here to visit the website or click here to view the flyer.

This lectureship scheme is designed for early post-doctoral professionals wishing to develop into independent clinical academic researchers. Closing date is 28th April 2016.

Further information is available on the NIHR website or click here to view the flyer.

This senior lectureship scheme is designed to facilitate the development of
post-doctoral practicing clinicians with independent clinical research experience into clinical academic research leaders. Closing date is 28th April 2016.

Further information is available on the NIHR website or click here to view the flyer.

Keele University PhD Studentships - October 2016

Keele University are looking to recruit a number of PhD students to work on projects hosted within The Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) at Keele University. Click here for more information.

University of Worcester PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

The University of Worcester are currently advertising 2 full-time PhD studentships beginning in September 2016. For more information, please click here.

NIHR RfPB Competition 30

RfPB have launched Competition 30 funding round; this will be in the same two stage format as Competitions 28 and 29. There is no themed call for this competition.  Submission deadline is Wednesday 3 August 2016 and you can find out more here. A Word template of the application form is also available on the RfPB website and can be found here.

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