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Useful organisations for funding support and careers information  The Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences is one of the five learned academies in the United Kingdom. The Academy promotes advances in medical science and campaigns to ensure these are translated into healthcare benefits for society. The Academy’s Fellows are the United Kingdom’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service.  Academic Medicine

This website acts as a portal to information and useful links for anyone considering or pursuing a career in any area of biomedical science or academic medicine.  Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC)

The Arthritis Research Campaign was founded in 1936 and raises funds to promote medical research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritic conditions; to educate medical students, doctors and allied healthcare professionals about arthritis; and provide information to the general public. arc is the fourth largest medical research charity in the UK and the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to investigating arthritis in all its forms. Millions of pounds are provided every year for grants funding research, education and training.  British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation funds around 1,200 research projects investigating all aspects of heart disease – from causes and safer drugs to improving surgical techniques.  Cancer Research UK

The CRUK Research Bursaries scheme is supported by the Core Skills and training Bursaries Fund (CSTBF) to provide short-term training opportunities. In particular CRUK would like to encourage clinical staff and individuals in professions allied to medicine to undertake research training in a cancer-related field to enhance understanding between the research and clinical communities. CRUK particularly encourages Academic Clinical Fellows ('Walport' post holders) to apply so that they can gain research experience and obtain preliminary data before applying for our Clinical Research Training Fellowship to obtain a PhD qualification.
The bursary will provide up to £25,000 in total. It may be used to cover the applicant's salary or research expenses or a combination of the two. It will usually be for 12 months or less. There are two rounds of applications each year.  Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. The MRC supports research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, in universities and hospitals, in MRC units and institutes in the UK, and in MRC units in Africa. The MRC works closely with the NHS and UK Health Departments to give a high priority to research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.  NCCRCD

The NIHR National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development  provides support, guidance and academic training pathways for the next generation of researchers as they progress through their career. The Programme provides research training awards to individuals who show the potential to become research leaders in their particular field and whose research is people or patient-focussed and relevant to the NHS.  NIHR

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to establishing the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence by supporting research professionals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The NIHR commissions and funds NHS and social care research that is essential for delivering public health and personal social services. The role of the NIHR is to develop the research evidence to support decision making by patients, professionals and policy makers, make this evidence available, and encourage its uptake and use.

NIHR currently has a number of funding opportunities listed on its website:  UKCRC

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) is a partnership of organisations working to establish the UK as a world leader in clinical research, by harnessing the power of the NHS. Our aim is to re-engineer the environment in which clinical research is conducted in the UK, to benefit the public and patients by improving national health and increasing national wealth.

The Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards are supported by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC), as part of its commitment to building an expert research workforce to support clinical research and education in the context of established clinical training pathways.

These awards are designed for fully qualified clinicians in all medical specialisms, including primary care and dentistry. Successful candidates will have an established personal research portfolio and will hold posts in a combined clinical, research and teaching role jointly funded by a University and an NHS trust (or exceptionally other bodies, in the case of General Practitioners and General Dental Practitioners).

Further details may be found in the research section of the HEFCEwebsite.  Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

The Academy is pleased to be working in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust to deliver this grants programme for research active Clinical Lecturers.

Starter Grants aims to provide modest ‘start up’ funds to enable research active Clinical Lecturers to pursue their research work, gather preliminary data and so further strengthen their applications for longer-term fellowships and funding.

The scheme is open to clinicians who have obtained an MD or PhD and who currently hold a research active Clinical Lectureship post. To be considered as ‘research active’ for the purposes of this scheme, it is required that at least half an applicant’s working time will be allocated to research.

This is a £5m grants programme and the maximum grant available is £30,000 over two years. Applicants should apply only for the costs they require.

For more information please visit The Academy of Medical Science’s website at  NIHR - Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme is a nationally co-ordinated funding stream for regionally commissioned research. There are ten regional funding committees to commission local health service research. Budgets are in proportion to the regional population.

The national budget is £25 million per annum. Individual research projects can last for up to 36 months with a budget of up to £250,000. All NHS researchers across England can apply.

The main aim of the RfPB programme is to support projects in Health Services Research and Public Health.
For more information visit the CCF website at:  Postdoctoral Training Fellowship for Clinicians

Further postdoctoral training fellowship opportunities for clinicians

Applications are now open for the Wellcome Trust funding scheme that helps the most promising newly qualified MB/PhD graduates make an early start in developing their independent research careers.
The Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Training Fellowships for MB/PhD graduates are aimed at newly qualified MB/PhD graduates or those who have achieved a high-quality PhD during or before starting their medical degree.

Awards last for up to four years and provide salary and research costs. The Fellowships are designed to be flexible and can be tailored to meet individuals' specific research/clinical training needs.

For further information, including application details, see Wellcome Trust website;





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