Apply for funding to develop your research interests through a collaborative partnership. You must be a research-qualified healthcare professional at consultant level or equivalent. You must not be currently undertaking any substantial research activity.
Your project can be across any area from MRC or NIHR’s remits.
You must supply a letter of support from your employer.
Funding is available for 20% to 50% of your basic salary and costs to undertake the project.
Awards can last between one and three years.
You can apply if you:
- are a member of NHS staff, staff contracted to the NHS or working in the care or public health sectors. This includes, but is not limited to:
- allied health professions
- healthcare scientists
- clinical psychologists
- registered public health practitioners
- others, in either primary care, secondary care, community care or public health
- are working at consultant level or other senior role, for example Agenda for Change Band 7 or above
- are working at a senior level with specialised knowledge and demonstrable capacity for professional independence and leadership
- hold a PhD, MD or equivalent postgraduate qualification, for example three years’ consolidated research time where you have been the intellectual drive behind a project and achieved strong outputs from your research experience
- are not undertaking any substantive research activity.
Applicants will usually have limited or no research funding. We expect you will have less than one programmed activity (PA), four hours a week, of research time within your current job plan (contracted duties).
We welcome proposals from applicants with more than one research PA, but you should ensure that you articulate the added value of the award. For example, to support you in working in new environments or with new research partners.