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.
New Interactive Career Framework on career choices and funding from 8 funders (created by the MRC) may be helpful.
PublicHealth@Cambridge Research Network’s funding hub is a great resource. For advice, contact Dr Tennie Videler, Research Funding Coordinator at Cambridge Institute of Public Health, who may be able to provide advice or help you make connections with University of Cambridge researchers in public health or 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
The University holds three main funding rounds for all graduate applicants with deadlines in October, December and January for admittance to the following academic year. The following funding opportunities may be applied for by completing section B of the GRADSAF application form:
The Cambridge Trust offers 500 doctoral studentships annually: https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/
Gates Cambridge offers 95 doctoral studentships annually: https://www.gatescambridge.org/
MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
For clinicians to pursue a doctorate: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/clinical-research-training-fellowship-crtf/
Social Science or Quantitative Skills Fellowship: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/skills-development-fellowships/
For clinicians with a PhD: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/clinician-scientist-fellowship-csf/
NIHR – FUNDING FOR DOCTORS
Academic Clinical Fellowships for doctors (25% research time to prepare a subsequent doctoral application; 75% clinical training) over 3 years for those early in their specialty training (four years for academic clinical fellows in general practice). Applications are through the LETB, but information available here: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-training-and-career-development/training-programmes/integrated-academic-training-programme/integrated-academic-training/academic-clinical-fellowships/
Academic Clinical Lectureships. For doctors completing their specialty training (50% research; 50% practice) over 4 years; applications are through the LETB, but information available here: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-training-and-career-development/training-programmes/nihr-hee-ica-programme/nihr-hee-ica-programme-cl.htm For GPs, these posts are post-CCT, require the applicant to have a PhD, and are advertised directly by the University.
Clinician Scientist Awards for doctors who have already obtained CCT, CCT and have significant post-doctoral research experience. 5 years of funding: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-training-and-career-development/training-programmes/integrated-academic-training-programme/nihr-clinician-scientist-awards/
NIHR In-Practice Fellowships for qualified GPs and Dentists (50% research; 50 practice), up to 2 years: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-training-and-career-development/training-programmes/integrated-academic-training-programme/in-practice-fellowships/
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 SCHOOL FOR PRIMARY CARE RESEARCH
The School for Primary Care Research is a partnership between nine leading academic centres for primary care research in England, including the Primary Care Unit here in Cambridge.
NIHR SPCR national PhD studentship competition
Applications are now invited for three year awards from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research. Deadline 6 January 2017. See information here: https://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk/trainees/Funding/studentships-in-primary-care
ST3 entry Academic Clinical Fellowships in Primary Care 2017
Applications are invited from second-year general practice specialty trainees in English Deaneries (current ST2s) who wish to undertake clinical academic training starting in August 2017. Funding is now available to enable trainees to extend their training by a year, allowing part-time attachment to a University department during the ST3 and ST4 years. Application deadline is 1 December 2016. More information here: https://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk/trainees/Funding/info_st3_fellowships_2017_b.pdf
NIHR – FUNDING FOR CLINICIANS OR NON-CLINICIANS
This page includes information on the NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowships, the Post-doctoral Fellowship (3 years funding, no more than 3 years postdoctoral experience), the Career Development Fellowship (3 years funding, no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience), the Senior Research Fellowship (5 years funding for already independent researchers) and the Transitional Research Fellowship (18-24 months) for a researcher with a PhD in a non-applied subject who wishes to do postdoctoral study in health services or applied health research.
NIHR – 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.
Check the full list of eligible health professionals here: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/documents/TCC-ICA-Eligible-Professions-and-Registration-Bodies.pdf
Doctoral fellowship for clinicians (but not doctors): http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-training-and-career-development/training-programmes/nihr-hee-ica-programme/nihr-hee-ica-programme-cdrf.htm
Three-Year Clinical Lectureships for clinicians (but not doctors). 50% research; 50% clinical practice: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-training-and-career-development/training-programmes/nihr-hee-ica-programme/nihr-hee-ica-programme-cl.htm
For outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and research leaders within 5 years: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-for-training-and-career-development/training-programmes/nihr-hee-ica-programme/nihr-hee-ica-programme-scl.htm
Several members of the Primary Care Unit are holders of substantial awards from the Wellcome Trust, 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 the Wellcome Trust and is happy to offer advice to potential candidates seeking Wellcome funding opportunities. Contact him by email here.
Postdoctoral funding from the Wellcome Trust:
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships. This scheme offers up to eight years of funding. Currently closed but see here for published information: http://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/outstanding-opportunity-clinician-researchers-wellcome-trust/
Wellcome PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians: https://wellcome.ac.uk/news/our-new-clinical-phd-programmes
For public engagement with science:
Funds for a medical student or student in natural science to work over a summer:
For distinguished academics based outside the UK to spend between three and twelve months at a UK University:
Postdoctoral funding for non-applied research:
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.
Postgraduate Fellowships: https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/call-postgraduate-fellowship-applications-now-open
Postdoctoral Fellowships: https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/call-postdoctoral-fellowship-applications-now-open
CANCER RESEARCH UK
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.
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.
PhD funding for non-clinicians, application through potential supervisor: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/phd-studentship
Clinicians with a PhD already: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/For-researchers/Apply-for-a-grant/Harry-Keen-Intermediate-Clinical-Fellowship/
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
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.
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.