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You may be considering undertaking research yourself, perhaps for the first time as a masters degree or a PhD, or maybe as a principle investigator on a funded research study.

Wherever you are in your career, there are opportunities to apply for funding to support your research.

The NIHR provides a huge range of funding opportunities for researchers undertaking studies in the NHS.

The Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme is open to HVs – funded by HEE but managed by NIHR:

There are annual calls for practitioners to apply for masters in research across 12 universities in England for nurses, midwives, health visitors and the allied health professions, and also for PhD and post-doctoral fellowships.

For more advanced researchers, the National Trainees Co-ordination Centre also calls for applications for senior clinical lecturers that will fund a researcher’s programme of work for three years.

For smaller projects look for charities that have a special interest in your topic or for wider health care topics try the:


Current Opportunities

New HEE/NIHR ICA Programme Pre-Doctoral Level Scheme  

The HEE/NIHR ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme supports early career researchers to become competitive applicants for a doctoral level research training fellowship.

PCAF candidates may:

• have little formal academic training/ research experience or
• have completed some Masters level training or
• have completed a Masters level qualification or
• require Masters level training/ a full Masters

It is anticipated that the Round 3 ICA PCAF Scheme competition will launch in February 2020.