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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  

Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have a new pre-doctoral level training scheme to support aspiring non-medical clinical academics.

The HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Scheme, which replaced the ICA Masters Studentships, will support award holders to split their time equally between clinical service and academic training over a 2-year period.  During this period, Fellows will undertake formal and informal Master’s level clinical research training designed around their unique training needs and develop an application for PhD funding, with support from a named supervisor and mentor.

PCAF Round 1 (2018) Chairs’ Report is now available. It is a review of the Round 1 PCAF competition and provides:

  • a summary of common application weaknesses that were noted by the review panel
  • advice for prospective applicants.

It is anticipated that the Round 2 ICA PCAF Scheme competition will launch in February 2019.

NIHR – Reducing the risk of anxiety disorders in children of parents seeking help for their own anxiety

Application dates: 30 November 2017 to 19 July 2018

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 19 July 2018.