Nihr opportunities

Funding Opportunities in Research Careers from the NIHR

Download the NIHR Funding opportunities for research and career development booklet.

NIHR Fellowships Programme for all professions
These are personal awards which are launched annually in the autumn and are offered at five
levels. The awards cover salary, training and development costs and include a contribution
towards research costs. email:

NIHR Research Professorships for all professions
These are personal awards which aim to facilitate strong research leadership at the highest
academic level. email:

NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships for all professions
These fellowships are launched annually and cover salary, personal development and project
costs. Applicants must demonstrate a potential to undertake applied knowledge mobilisation
research within healthcare settings. email:

NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme for doctors and dentists
NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships and NIHR Clinical Lectureships are speciality training posts
which incorporate academic training. In-Practice Fellowships offer academic training to
fully-qualified GPs, GDPs and Community Dentists, whilst the Clinician Scientist Award is a
post-doctoral research training fellowship. email: or

NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowships for current NIHR trainees
These fellowships are designed to support current NIHR trainees (subject to eligibility criteria) with
an interest in, and experience of, working with clinical trials as part of their current training award
and who would benefit from further training within the setting of a clinical trials unit. email:

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme
This programme provides personal research training awards for non-doctors/dentists who wish
to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical
practice and clinical development. There are five levels of award available. The programme is
funded by Health Education England who work in partnership with the National Institute for Health
Research who manage the programme. email:

NIHR Research Methods Programme for methodologists
The fellowships and studentships which are part of this programme are designed to support the
development of individuals with expertise in systematic reviews or research methods
including medical statistics, health economics, clinical trial design, operational research and
modelling. email:

To find out more about funding for training and career development:
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Useful links

  • The Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) introduced a new mentoring scheme in 2011.
  • The Primary Health Care Scientists group (PHoCuS) supports primary care academics who don't have a medical background working in Academic Primary Care departments or groups. 
  • INVOLVE has been leading on work with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programmes, the Research Design Service (RDS) and others to review plain English summaries in NIHR funding applications.