There are funding opportunities for nurse, midwife and allied health professional (NMAHP) research and clinical academic careers. Some are multidisciplinary research funding opportunities and some are targeted by profession.

We have included some NMAHP funding opportunities below but encourage you to explore opportunities by clinical speciality (for example cancer, liver disease, arthritis) and by professional group (for example opportunities for nurses, occupational therapists or speech and language therapists).

The Association of Medical Research Charities has a member directory where you can search for grants by research area, grant type, charity name etc.

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT)

ACT funds research projects and research fellowships for individuals. The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) welcomes applications for research projects up to £25,000.

The committee meets four times a year and is chaired by Professor John Bradley. More information can be found on Connect or by contacting Claire Teager at

ACT and the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) have joined forces to provide funding for non-medical healthcare professionals to gain experience and conduct preliminary research, to allow them to prepare a strong application for PhD fellowships.

For more details contact Professor Christi Deaton or visit the Primary Care Unit webpage for more information about past fellows and upcoming calls.

Health Education England (HEE)/ National Health Institute for Research (NIHR) Integrated clinical academic programme for non-medical health professionals

The HEE and NIHR's Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides personal 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 clinical development.

Five levels of award are available, each requiring the support of clinical and academic host organisations, which together form a career pathway for aspiring and developing non-medical clinical academics:

  • Internships
  • Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship
  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • Clinical Lectureship
  • Senior Clinical Lectureship

Gillian Gatiss, Liver Transplant Dietitian at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, has been successful at securing an HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. Read her story here.

HEE and NIHR Clinical Scholars Bronze and Silver Awards

These awards are part of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Training Programme for non-medical healthcare professionals and available to NMAHPs in the East of England.

  • The Bronze award is suitable for registered NHS staff without postgraduate qualifications or formal training in research, and supports clinicians to go on to apply for a research Master’s programme or equivalent.
  • The Silver award is suitable for registered NHS staff with Masters or equivalent postgraduate qualification who are looking to further develop a clinical academic career.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) fellowship programme

The NIHR also offers an annual fellowship programme for health care professionals including, nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and doctors.

Four levels of NIHR Fellowship awards are available:

  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Doctoral Fellowship
  • Advanced Fellowship
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award

Dunhill Medical Trust

The Dunhill Medical Trust offer Research Training Fellowships, intended to provide training opportunities for academics, clinicians and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a research career in ageing, rehabilitation or palliative care.

They advertise 4 fellowships annually, usually in the autumn.

Peter Hartley, Physiotherapy Team Lead in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, has been granted a research training fellowship at PhD level. Read Peter’s story here.

Other professional training fellowships

Various charities and groups offer professional training fellowships, including:

Physiotherapy research foundation awards

These research awards are open to applications from both novice and experienced researchers who are qualified members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Previous awards have included grants of up to £150,000 for experienced researchers and grants of up to £25,000 for novice researchers.

The UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF) research grants

UKOTRF invites research proposals to be submitted on an annual basis.. There are two main grant categories:

  • Research Priority Grant - to support a major research project that clearly addresses an identified professional research priority area
  • Research Career Development Grant - to support doctoral studies or post-doctoral activity undertaken within five years of completing a PhD or similar for occupational therapists who intend to pursue a research career pathway

RCN Foundation grants and bursaries

The RCN Foundation have various scholarships, bursaries and grants, which nurses can apply for.

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