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RfPB Under-represented disciplines and specialisms highlight notice: Allied Health Professionals

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme invites applications from allied health professionals to the third highlight notice addressing the NIHR strategy to strengthen careers of under-represented disciplines and specialisms. The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic provided the application is within RfPB remit.The call is for proposals up to £500,000 for a period of up to three years and follows RfPB tiered approach to funding limits according to the trajectory to patient benefit.

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Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Charitable Trust Post-Doctoral Scheme (formerly Scheme C).

Funds post-doctoral research of up to £25,000 but may fund more according to the merit of the proposal.

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Royal College of Occupational Therapists

The RCOT Research Career Development Grant offers support towards doctoral or early post-doctoral (up to five years from completion of PhD or similar) research for individuals who can demonstrate their intention to pursue a research career pathway as an occupational therapy researcher.

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Post-doctoral research funding for Nurses and Midwives

General Nursing Council for England and Wales

The General Nursing Council for England and Wales funds research proposals from early and mid-career researchers who are supported, as appropriate, by more expert researchers.

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Post-doctoral research funding for any NMAHP

NIHR/HEE Post-Doctoral Bridging Award

The post-doctoral bridging award is for those who hold a PhD (or are due to complete immediately before commencement of the scheme) and want to develop research careers whilst continuing with their clinical practice and clinical development. The award is designed to support those intending to apply for the HEE ICA Clinical Lectureship Scheme (CL) or equivalent


NIHR Clinical and Senior Clinical Lectureships

Clinical Lectureships – support those in the early stages of their post-doctoral career who wish to establish themselves as independent practitioner academic researchers over the course of the award.

Senior Clinical Lectureships – support those already establishing themselves as independent clinical researchers but not yet recognised as leaders in their field.

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Dunhill Jointly funded post-doctoral fellowship with RNID

This Fellowship scheme aims to build research capacity in hearing research, by supporting the career development of the UK’s most talented new ‘investigators’ towards becoming independent scientists.

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Dunhill Multiple PhD Studentship scheme

Offers funding for research institutions to support cohorts of PhD students. Applications to this scheme are invited from experienced PhD supervisors within academic departments/centres at a UK university, or other eligible research organisations, which focus on or whose institution supports them in a strategic plan to focus on ageing-related research.

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The Healthcare Studies Research Institute

Funds post-doctoral research fellowships for NMAHPs.

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Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

Enables NMAHPs to spend up to 12 months in the United States, working with leading US experts to study health care delivery reforms and critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the US and their home countries.

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Guts UK

A number of different funding opportunities are hosted by Guts UK. These include:

  • The Guts UK Derek Butler fellowship is for research in upper gastrointestinal tract diseases and conditions.
  • The Guts UK Amelie Waring fellowship is for research into any aspect of pancreatic inflammation or injury.
  • Guts UK and The British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) co-fund a start-up grant to support research studies on paediatric pancreatitis and pancreatic diseases. Aimed at early career researchers not yet in a substantive position or within three years of appointment to a substantive academic post. Allowance will be made for applicants whose career has been subject to an interruption for family or personal reasons. These grants are for translational or proof of concept research in any area of gastroenterology (including pancreatology and hepatology).
  • Crohns/Guts UK Crohn’s Disease Research Grants are awarded for research-established clinicians specifically investigating Covid and/or anything related to health and quality of life for people with Crohn’s disease.
  • Guts UK/BSPGHAN grants are awarded for translational or proof of concept research in any area of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.


Versus Arthritis

A variety of post-doctoral research opportunities are offered to NMAHPs, including Career Development fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships.

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Wellcome Early-Career Awards

Maximum of 5 years FT funding (longer if PT), up to £400,000 for early-career researchers from any discipline to develop their research profile to enable them to be in a position to lead their own independent research programme. Applicants must have recently completed a PhD or have at least four years equivalent research experience.

Further information:  Wellcome Early-Career Awards


Wellcome Career Development Awards

Funding of circa eight years available for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders.

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Wellcome Discovery Awards

Significant research funding available for established researchers and teams from any discipline.

Further information: Wellcome Discovery Awards