Research Fellowships 2018/19 Information for Applicants
The Research Fellowship Programme provides ‘first-step funding’ for health professionals looking to begin their academic career.
The key aim of the programme is to allow pre-doctoral medics and non-medics to undertake 12 months of out-of-programme research to develop their research skills and produce the necessary data to springboard onto successful funding bids for further study.
Applicants are asked to identify an important research question that will make an impact on patient care within the Trust, surrounding communities and the wider NHS.
Since 2009, together with our funding partner, the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, the Charity has made a total of 46 Fellowships totalling £2.1million.
We have funded research into new and novel diagnostic techniques and treatments, selfmanagement and aftercare, research into service delivery, team dynamics and decision making, shift handover procedures through to projects on the implementation of clinical guidelines.
Criteria & Eligibility
Ensure you have read and understood the eligibility requirements before starting your application. If you have any queries regarding your eligibility, please contact the Grants Team (contact details at the end of this document). In order to be eligible to apply you must meet the following criteria:
(i) Applicants must hold an NHS employment contract noting they must currently deliver services, and plan to undertake their proposed research project, for the benefit of patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust* and/or surrounding communities**.
* Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea, St Mary's and/or Western Eye Hospital
** Please note you are not eligible to apply if you are employed by Imperial College London only, applications can only be accepted from NHS employees working within/for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
(ii) This is a pre-doctoral fellowship. Applicants must not be registered, have secured funding for or hold a PhD or MD
(iii) Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to utilising the Fellowship position to undertake further study.
(iv) Applicants must be a UK resident.
(v) If a medic currently on rotation, an application can be considered with a view to granting a conditional award subject to rotation placement/Trust contract status being confirmed.
Planning your Research Proposal
Personal details: alongside your contact information you will be asked to provide a statement of your qualifications and career to date. You will have 500 words to provide a summary of your CV detailing your education/training and relevant appointments. The Committee wish to use your personal statement to understand your background and provide the context for your approach to your proposed study.
Clear and concise abstract: first impressions count and we advise that you treat your abstract as your ‘first impression.’ Ensure you include a comprehensive but concise RHOCT17 overview of your planned work so the Committee understand immediately what you plan to achieve.
What to include in your full proposal: please take note of the key information that must be included in your proposal, it is important each of these topics are addressed.
1. Your name and department
2. Research question
3. Measurable aims and objectives
4. Background information - a brief review of the area, the evidence base, pilot data and any relevant publications
5. Design of project/plan of investigation
6. Methods of analysis proposed (quantitative or qualitative)
Word count: Your full research proposal, including references, must be completed within the allocated 1200 words. We want you to demonstrate that you can be succinct, specific and focussed on what needs to be conveyed.
Background information: it is important when putting together the background information for your detailed proposal that existing studies, evidence-base, pilot data, publications and established tools etc. within your area of study are acknowledged. The Committee is looking to see your comments and acknowledgment of existing tools/data and importantly your reasons for utilising them (or not utilising them) in your proposed piece of work.
Practical application of the research: this point is often the difference between a good application and a great application and has previously been a deciding factor in whether an application is funded or not. The Committee is looking for important and interesting research topics that will have a demonstrable impact on satisfying the charity’s strategic objectives be this immediate or long-term, quantifying the project endpoints and practical application is key.
Costings: ensure you factor in suitable time in your application preparations to provide accurate and realistic costings, ensuring each cost can be related back to the purpose of your proposed project. A maximum of £50,000 is available through the Fellowship and can be used to cover the salary of the individual Fellow and reasonable research expenses only.
Research Supervisor: it is important that your chosen supervisor(s) has a relevant academic and professional background to support you in the delivery of your project. The Committee needs to see a direct and logical link between your supervisor(s) and your chosen research topic. The supervisor(s) should be a member of Trust staff, however where a research topic is particularly specialist we can accept the addition of an external supervisor to your proposal (i.e. a Trust supervisor is chosen as well as a second non-Trust supervisor if required).
Fit with the Charity’s strategic objectives: you will be asked in the application form to demonstrate how your project satisfies any or all of the Charity’s objectives. When RHOCT17 evaluating the impact of a proposal the Committee will consider the project’s relevance to our strategic priorities.
The Charity's current strategic objectives are:
▪ To improve patient care, safety and experience,
▪ To enhance the Trust/AHSC as a leader in clinical research, education and service development,
▪ To improve the health status of the local community (patients and staff) and address health inequalities.
The Committee is looking to support projects that can show how they will have a direct impact on the above whilst also expecting projects to create learning and knowledge that can be disseminated more widely around the NHS.
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