This page offers a list of major funding sources for research in topics relevant to academic primary care. We hope this will be a helpful resource, relevant to those with the very highest academic qualifications who are interested in making applications to competitive sources of funding to work with us at doctoral or postdoctoral level.
Primary care research funding – other sources of help
Information on further doctoral funding for research into topics relevant to primary care.
Information on further postdoctoral funding for research into topics relevant to primary care.
The Research Design Service East of England (RDS EoE) helps health and social care researchers seeking funding for health research: Request advice from their team for your project now
RESEARCH FUNDING THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
You can apply to many funding opportunities through the University’s Graduate Funding Competition. This coordinates funding from multiple sources including:
- Cambridge Trust
- Gates Cambridge
- Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme
- ESRC and AHRC Research Councils
- University funding, including The Vice Chancellor’s Award and The Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme
- College partner funding for the above schemes
Read more about the funding opportunities and how you could apply: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding/graduate-funding-competition
MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Learn how the MRC supports research careers: https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/how-mrc-supports-research-careers/
For clinicians to pursue a doctorate: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/clinical-research-training-fellowship-crtf/
Clinician Scientist Fellowships for clinicians with a PhD: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/clinician-scientist-fellowship-csf/
Career Development Awards (postdoctoral funding): http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/non-clinical-fellowships/career-development-award-cda-transition-to-independence/
NIHR – INTEGRATED ACADEMIC TRAINING (IAT) FOR DOCTORS TO GAIN RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
The NIHR offers three awards through the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme specifically for doctors (and dentists). The programme supports individuals to gain research experience as part of their clinical training.
- Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF)
- Clinical Lectureship (CL)
- In-Practice Fellowship (IPF)
Find out more on the IAT webpage: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/integrated-academic-training.htm
featured: SMALL GRANTS FOR GPs
The Claire Wand Fund is a charitable fund that makes grants to General Practitioners (GPs) to fund further education and for the provision of scholarships, including traveling scholarships: http://www.clairewand.org/
NIHR – FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME FOR HEALTH RESEARCHERS
The NIHR Fellowship Programme support individuals on their trajectory to becoming future leaders in NIHR research.
The four fellowships have been designed to support individuals at various points of their development in becoming leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training to senior post-doctoral research.
- Pre-Doctoral Fellowship launch date: February annually
- Development and Skills Enhancement Award launch dates: January, May, September annually
- Doctoral Fellowship launch dates: April, October annually
- Advanced Fellowship launch dates: April, October annually
We are also partnering with a number of charitable organisations to offer jointly-funded Partnership Fellowships at both Doctoral and Advanced levels.
Learn about these awards and how to apply: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/fellowship-programme.htm
NIHR/HEE INTEGRATED CLINICAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMME (ICA)
FUNDING FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (INCLUDES NURSES, PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPISTS, PHARMACISTS)
The PCU is home to the Clinical Nursing Research Group, led by Professor Christi Deaton. The remit of the CNRG is to conduct research focusing on improving outcomes in people with long-term conditions, and to build research capacity and capability among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUHFT) and the School of Clinical Medicine.
The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides research training awards for healthcare professionals, excluding doctors and dentists, who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and professional development.
The programme offers five levels of awards and also funds HEE administered ICA Bridging Schemes, which support members of the ICA eligible professions to build on their previous academic training and develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral award.
Learn about this funding programme here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/hee-nihr-integrated-clinical-academic-programme.htm
Check the full list of eligible health professionals here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/heenihr-ica-programme-eligible-professions-and-regulators/12204
Several members of the Primary Care Unit are holders of substantial awards from Wellcome, including Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research and Dr Robbie Duschinsky, who leads the Applied Social Science Group (ASSG). Robbie is currently Principal Investigator on a New Investigator Award from Wellcome and is happy to offer advice to potential candidates seeking Wellcome funding opportunities. Contact him by email here.
Browse Wellcome’s grant schemes here: https://wellcome.ac.uk/grant-funding/schemes
This philanthropic organisation has a range of schemes including Early Career Fellowships.
See the range of grants on this page: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/schemes-at-a-glance
The PCU is home to the Cardiovascular Group, headed by Professor Jonathan Mant; and the General Practice Group led by Professor Simon Griffin, which focuses on reducing the burden of common chronic conditions in which primary care plays a central role in diagnosis and management such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Clinical Nursing Research Group, led by Professor Christi Deaton, has a focus on cardiovascular health.
Search the Stroke association website for latest news on research awards: https://www.stroke.org.uk/
CANCER RESEARCH UK (CRUK)
The PCU is home to the Cancer Group, led by Dr Fiona Walter, which has a focus on the role of primary care in cancer prevention, diagnosis and follow-up care; and the General Practice Group led by Professor Simon Griffin, which focuses on reducing the burden of common chronic conditions in which primary care plays a central role in in diagnosis and management, including cancer. The Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care Group, led by Dr Stephen Barclay, conducts research in Palliative and End of Life Care (not just for cancer patients) to improve the well-being of patients and their families, the care provided by clinicians, and the decisions made by commissioners, organisational leaders, and policy makers.
See an overview of CRUK research awards here: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/funding-for-researchers
The PCU is home to the General Practice Group led by Professor Simon Griffin, which focuses on reducing the burden of common chronic conditions in which primary care plays a central role in in diagnosis and management such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
See an overview of Diabetes UK research grants here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/research/for-researchers/apply-for-a-grant
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION (BHF)
The PCU is home to the Cardiovascular Group, headed by Professor Jonathan Mant; and the General Practice Group led by Professor Simon Griffin, which focuses on reducing the burden of common chronic conditions in which primary care plays a central role in in diagnosis and management such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Clinical Nursing Research Group, led by Professor Christi Deaton, has a focus on cardiovascular health.
The BHF provides personal support for clinical and non-clinical cardiovascular researchers at all stages of their career.
Four years postdoctoral funding: https://www.bhf.org.uk/research/information-for-researchers/what-we-fund/immediate-postdoctoral-basic-science-research-fellowship
Postdoctoral funding after a career break: https://www.bhf.org.uk/research/information-for-researchers/what-we-fund/career-re-entry-research-fellowship
Clinical research leave fellowship: https://www.bhf.org.uk/research/information-for-researchers/what-we-fund/clinical-research-leave-fellowship
Information on further doctoral funding.
Information on further postdoctoral funding.
PublicHealth@Cambridge Research Network’s funding hub.