The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Established Research and Leadership Opportunities

If you are an established research leader, with a strong track record of obtaining research funding and you are seeking funding to support your career progression to the next stage, there are different schemes that can provide funding for professorships and senior investigator positions.

The NIHR, Wellcome and Medical Research Council schemes available are highlighted below. For details of eligibility, duration and costs included, please click on the relevant scheme.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Research and innovation department have 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


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

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



NIHR Senior Investigators - Call 14

NIHR Senior Investigator competitions are managed by the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility.

Our Senior Investigators are among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research within the NIHR research community. Collectively, Senior Investigators constitute the NIHR College of Senior Investigators, and are members of the NIHR Academy.

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

Two stage process? - No

Next call - Round 14, Now open!

Launch date - 29th June 2020 

Closing date - 26th August 2020

Selection Committee meeting: January 2021

Notification date: February 2021 


Senior Research Fellowship

Senior Research Fellowships support independent researchers who want to tackle the most important questions in science and who are leaders in their field. We consider applications three times a year.

Open to: You can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship if you're already leading your own independent research programme.

Two stage process? - No

Full application closing date - 10th November 2020

Shortlisting: January 2021

Interviews: 13th - 15th April 2021.

Outcome - TBC

Open/Closed - Open.


Principal Research Fellowships

Principal Research Fellowships are the most prestigious of our personal awards and provide long-term funding for researchers of international standing.

Open to: An independent researcher of international standing with an established track record in research at the highest level

Two stage process? - No

Full application closing date - You can express an interest at any time

Open/Closed - Open

Medical Research Council

Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship (SNCF): Transition to Leadership

The SNCF supports researchers with a track record of effectively leading their own independent research to make the transition to research leadership and become an internationally recognised leader in their field.

Open to: You can apply for a Senior Research Fellowship if you're already leading your own independent research programme.

Two stage process? - No

Launch date - 06th August 2020

Closing date - 16th September 2020

Open/Closed - Closed. Opening soon!