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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.

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

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.

New from NIHR for 2021 – NIHR fellowships for Local Authority and LA commissioned service staff

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) is currently developing some new fully-funded fellowship opportunities that it plans to make available from early next year. These new fellowships will only be available to individuals based within local authorities and LA commissioned services.

These two pilot schemes are being designed to support individuals based in local authorities or local authority commissioned services to develop as health and/or social care researchers.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships for Local Authority and LA Commissioned Service Based Individuals

The scheme will fund individuals of any profession to undertake Masters level academic training and prepare an application for a doctoral fellowship whilst retaining their existing employment and practice.

Indicative timescales

  • Application forms available: 28 January 2021
  • Deadline for application submission: 18 March 2021
  • Award uptake by successful applicants: from 1 September 2021

Doctoral Fellowships for Local Authority and LA Commissioned Service Based Individuals

The scheme will fund individuals of any profession to obtain a PhD by research whilst concurrently developing their professional skills within their existing employment.

Indicative timescales

  • Application forms available: 1 March 2021
  • Deadline for application submission: Late April 2021
  • Award uptake by successful applicants: From 1 April 2022

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