NIHR Imperial BRC – Deadline: 22 Feb 2018

ITMAT Call for Proposals 2018

To accelerate the translation of patient-based discovery research and experimental medicine across the NIHR Imperial BRC, we are pleased to announce two calls for proposals: ‘Developing Capacity’ and ‘Push for Impact’. The deadline for applications to both opportunities is 12.00 (midday) on Thursday 22nd February 2018.

Developing Capacity

This call for proposals aims to build clinical academic capacity in patient-based discovery research and experimental medicine across the NIHR Imperial BRC, by providing up to 18 months of ‘seed’ funding to researchers at the level of late-stage Clinical Research Fellow, Clinical Lecturer or early stage Lecturer. It is expected that funding from this call will facilitate the generation of additional data and/or evidence that will support follow-on Fellowships/awards from other funders, within a period of 6 months from project completion.

The NIHR Imperial BRC has allocated approximately £160,000 of funding to support this call which we expect will fund up to 4 projects. It is recognised that costs for some proposals may be higher than others. However, an indicative cost per proposal is likely to be between £25,000 and £40,000 over the 18-month period.

To apply, please read the ITMAT Developing Capacity Call Guidelines (PDF) and complete the ITMAT Developing Capacity Application Form. Applications should be submitted to before the deadline of 12.00 on 22 February 2018. Please note that all projects must start by 1st June 2018.

Push for Impact

The Push for Impact call aims to accelerate the translation of patient-based discovery research and experimental medicine to encourage innovative projects to deliver clinically-focused outputs for the NIHR Imperial BRC by exploiting the resources and capabilities within ITMAT. Similar to previous calls, the intention is to support the ‘pull-through’ of discovery science into potential clinical application. Successful proposals in this call will generate high impact publications and demonstrate a feasible route to more comprehensive clinical studies to be funded externally.

With a total budget of £850,000 this call will support up to six, 18-month multi-disciplinary projects that can demonstrate a strong promise of success. Requests for funding are expected to be in the region of £100,000 – £150,000. The call also aims to encourage multi-disciplinary collaborations from across the Imperial Faculties of Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences to generate potential clinical impacts within the NHS.

To apply, please read the ITMAT Push for Impact call guidelines and complete the ITMAT Push for Impact application form. Applications should be submitted to before the deadline of 12.00 on 22 February 2018. Please note that all projects must start by 1st June 2018.


HEE/NIHR – prospective launch Feb 2018

Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship

PCAFs are 2 year awards (or can be taken up part time over 30 or 40 months).  Award holders split their time equally between clinical service and academic training.

 PCAFs Fund:

  • Up to 50% of the award holder’s salary
  • Costs of a tailored training and development programme (as detailed in the application) comprising:

– £5,000 towards Masters level training

– £1,000 bursary for conference/meeting expenses; travel, subsistence and

registration fees

– £1, 000 towards the cost of supervision and mentorship

In addition, where applicants are proposing the completion of a full Master’s degree as part of their training and development it is possible to request a supplement to cover the Masters course fee if over and above the £5,000 limit.

For more information please visit the NIHR website.

British Medical Association: Deadline 2 Mar 2018


H C Roscoe grant for research into viral diseases of the respiratory system

Grant amount: £50,000

To promote research into the elimination of the common cold and/or other viral diseases of the human respiratory system.

Applicants must be registered medical practitioners in the UK or research scientists working in the UK.

For more information see the terms and conditions on the BMA website.



Academy of Medical Sciences – Deadline: 16 Mar 2018

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers offer funding of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of research consumables. The grants allow research-active Clinical Lecturers to gather data to strengthen their bids for longer-term fellowships and funding.

Clinical Lecturer posts provide a salary but often do not come with the funding to support the costs of the research. This scheme was designed to help bridge this gap by providing Clinical Lecturers with access to modest research funds for up to two years. It gives them experience of preparing a research grant application and helps them establish their research portfolios by providing funding for research consumables.

For more information please visit the AMS website.

NIHR – Deadline: 20 Mar 2018

17/01 – 17/101 – Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health


The National Institute for Health Research invites stage 1 applications for its commissioned workstream, under the public health research programme. This supports research that evaluates public health interventions, providing new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The scope of the programme is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a range of interventions that improve public health delivered in a non-NHS setting.

Researchers based in the UK may apply. Applicants are recommended to seek advice from suitable methodological support services, at an appropriate stage in the development of their research idea and application. Joint funding with other organisations is allowed. Proposals are expected to include active involvement of patients and the public in the research process.

There are no fixed limits on the duration of the projects or funding and proposals are expected to be tailored to fully address the problem.

For more information please visit the NIHR website.

NIHR – Deadline: 21 Mar 2018

Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 35

The PGfAR programme will support:

  • applied health research and the programme’s research infrastructure needs, including: health services research; public health research; behavioural research; economic evaluations; and modelling (e.g. decision analytic studies). A significant proportion (expected to be at least 30% of the overall activity funded by the award) can be development work; defined as limited implementation of a service development in the NHS, together with a formal, integrated research evaluation
  • a number of high quality related projects, and associated infrastructure, which form a coherent theme in an area of priority or need for the NHS, and where added value is gained from the combination of the various strands of research
  • well balanced applied research teams with strength and depth of expertise and a track record of pulling through clinical research into benefits for patients, the public and the NHS
  • work which, within the specified timescale, will definitively show the value of a treatment, package of care or service improvement, enabling it to be implemented more widely within the NHS, as appropriate (or at least demonstrate justification for feasibility of a larger scale evaluation).
  • applications for work which generates added value by building on research funded by other organisations may be acceptable
  • observational research where the programme is strongly linked to policy makers or commissioners and there is a clear and identifiable trajectory to patient benefit.
  • pilot or feasibility studies for large, definitive trials, whose funding would be sought from elsewhere, as part of the broader programme of work.

For more information please visit the NIHR website.