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Research

Early Research Career Funding Opportunities 

If you are interested in beginning to develop a research career and you are looking for funding to enable this, there are different funding schemes that offer a range of early career development opportunities at pre-doctoral and doctoral level. 

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council early career development fellowships and schemes available are highlighted below. For details of eligibility, duration of the award and the costs included, please click on the relevant scheme.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Research and innovation department has a dedicated team to support the research funding application process. Further information about where to begin with the funding application process, and study set up please contact LTHT.ResearchOffice@nhs.net

 

Now Open! - Leeds Cares Clinical Research Internship funding opportunity

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Leeds Cares Clinical Research Internships.

This is an award of up to £10K for clinicians wishing to pursue a clinical research career. Those awarded a Leeds Cares Clinical Research Internship will also receive mentorship, access to some taught sessions and may wish to propose some external research training.

For more information and details of eligibility, please see the guidance notes and the application form here.  

Open date; 24th June 2020.

Submission closing date; Monday 27th July 2020.

NIHR Academy

NIHR Visiting Speaker award (VSA)

Key information

NIHR Academy Members based in the NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR Schools who are fully or partly funded can apply for the NIHR VSA for up to £300 to support the costs of presenting their work in another NIHR Infrastructure centre or NIHR School.

Launch date: 04th February 2020

Closing date: 29th January 2021

 

Global Health Research Presentation and Training Travel Award Pilot

The NIHR GHR PTTA scheme funds up to £3,500 per individual and allows NIHR Academy members based in the NIHR GHR Programmes the opportunity to travel to another part of the NIHR GHR Programmes (within the UK or a LMIC) or wider NIHR for a period of up to two weeks to undertake a personalised presentation/ training/ networking experience. 

Open to: NIHR Academy members who are early career researchers (Masters, PhD/doctoral and postdoctoral) to enhance their personal and professional development.

Two stage process? - No

Launch date - 24th January 2020 (then 24th August 2020)

Closing date - 24th July 2020 (then 24th January 2021)

Open/Closed - Open.

Outcome - Rolling assessment from the point of application to NIHR Academy

NIHR Fellowships for all

The NIHR Fellowship Programme supports individuals at different stages of their research career trajectory towards becoming future leaders in NIHR research.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 

Pre-doctoral Fellowships are designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health research methodology, specifically in one of the following areas:

Medical statistics, Health economics, Clinical trial designs, Operational research, Modelling, Bioinformatics, Qualitative research, Mixed methods.

Open to: Individuals who fall under one of the areas indicated above.

Two stage process? - No

Round 2 launch date - January 2020 

Closing date - 26th March 2020

Open/Closed - Open.

Outcome - June 2020

Doctoral Fellowship

The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of that falls within the NIHR remit. Each round, the Doctoral Fellowship scheme also offers partnership awards with charities and highlights strategic themes and themed calls. Please see the round details for more information.

Open to: Medical, non-medical and other healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date Stage 1 - October and April annually 

Closing date Stage 1 - December and June annually

Next call - Round 4 opening first week in April 2020

Stage 2 invitation - Early June 2020

Closing date stage 2 - Late June 2020

Interviews: September 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon!

HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme

The HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides research training awards for healthcare professionals (non-doctors and dentists), who wish to develop careers that combine research and leadership with continued clinical practice.

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships (PCAF) fund personalised programmes of academic training that equip awardees with the skills and experience to access doctoral-level funding, and give dedicated time to prepare an application for a competitive, peer-reviewed doctoral level research training fellowship. 

Open to: Other healthcare professionals (non-doctors/dentists).

Two stage process? - No

Next call - Round 3, open February 2020

Launch date - February 2020

Closing date - 26th March 2020

Selection Committee meeting: June 2020

Open/Closed - Open.

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

The Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) scheme funds registered healthcare professionals to undertake a PhD by research and, concurrently, to undertake further professional development and clinical practice.

Open to: Other healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - Yes

Next call - Anticipated to open March 2020.

Launch date Stage 1 - March 2020.

Closing date Stage 1 - 22nd April 2020.

Stage 2 invitation - End of July 2020.

Closing date stage 2 - 3rd September 2020.

Interviews: 29th - 30th October 2020.

Open/Closed - Open.

NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme for doctors and dentists

The Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme specifically for doctors and dentists. The programme supports individuals to gain research experience as part of their clinical training. 

Academic Clinical Fellowship

The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post that incorporates academic training.  

This post has a standard duration of 3 years (4 years for GPs). Alternatively, it  can be taken part-time and extended up to a maximum of 5 years (or 6 years for GPs), as long as the academic component remains at 25% whole time equivalent. 

You will have access to Masters-level research training to develop your academic skills and equip you to balance your clinical academic career.

Open to: Medical or dental qualified.

Two stage process? - Not applicable.

Launch date - The 2019 medical ACF re-advertisement round opened on 21 January 2019. 

Closing date - 31 March 2020.

The competition process - Each year NIHR allocates ACF posts to partnerships of medical/dental schools (and their partner universities), postgraduate deanery functions within the Local Offices of Health Education England (HEE), and their partner NHS organisations. A list of available posts can be found here

Open/Closed - Open.

In-Practice Fellowship

The NIHR In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) provides pre-doctoral academic training to fully-qualified general practitioners, general dental practitioners, and community dentists.

Open to: Medical and dental qualified.

Two stage process? - No.

Next call - Anticipated to open round 14, February/ March 2020.

Launch date Stage 1 - TBC

Closing date Stage 1 - Late April 2020.

Outcome - July 2020

Open/Closed - Opening early 2020.

Wellcome Trust

Doctoral Studentship

The Doctoral Studentship scheme enables researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. Applications are considered once a year.*

Open to: Medical and other healthcare professionals.

Two stage process? - No.

Next call - Anticipated to open early 2021.

Launch date - January 2020

Closing date - 16th March 2020.

Outcome - May 2020

Open/Closed - Opening early 2020.

*Dates for the next round are to be confirmed.

Research Fellowships for Health Professionals

This scheme offers practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health. You can apply for a Research Fellowship if you're a practising health professional with some research experience. Applications are considered twice a year.

Open to: Practicing healthcare professionals

Two stage process? - Yes

Preliminary application closing date - 30th June 2020 

Full application closing date - 10th September 2020

Interviews - January 2021

Outcome: January / February 2021

Open/Closed - Open.

Medical Research Council

Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) Pre Doctoral

The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree. There are three rounds per year.

Open to: Clinicians, including (not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives.

Two stage process? - No

Launch date - 13th February 2020

Closing date -  01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Open

 

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