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Apply for a Research Training Fellowship

We warmly welcome applications to our Research Training Fellowship scheme.

Applications are invited from medical graduates, clinicians, bioengineers, research nurses, physiotherapists and allied health professionals who wish to train in research techniques and methodology applied to subjects relevant to the aims of the charity.

We encourage all potential applicants to register independently for a higher degree such as a PhD. Fellowships are awarded for two or three years (we do not fund one year projects) and the upper limit for funding is £250,000.

Before applying, do take a look at our guidelines as well as the following outline of the areas we cover as a charity – and the areas that fall outside our remit. We look forward to hearing from you. As you would expect, it is a competitive process: we usually appoint only two or three new RTFs each year, but typically we will receive more than 20 initial applications.

The closing date for outline applications will be Wednesday 5 September 2018 by 5pm.


Our focus

The aim of Action Medical Research as a charity is to prevent and treat disease and disability by funding vital medical research in hospitals or research institutions across the UK.

Our focus is child health. This includes problems affecting pregnancy, childbirth, babies, children and young people. If you’ve looked through our website, you may have noticed some completed projects dating back to our previous, wider remit. All new applications must focus on child health. Within child health, we support a broad spectrum of research with the objective of preventing disease and disability and alleviating physical disability.

Our emphasis is on biomedical clinical research or research at the interface between clinical and basic science. We fund research that is both innovative and of a high standard, as judged by our rigorous ‘gold standard’ scientific peer review system.

Within the criteria described here, we also support research and development of equipment and techniques to improve diagnosis, therapy and assistive technology (including orthoses, prostheses and aids to daily living) and we encourage applications in the field of medical engineering.


Joint funding opportunities

As part of this year’s open competition Research Training Fellowship round, there are two potential joint funding opportunities:

Action Medical Research and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) are working together to offer a joint doctoral fellowship award in the field of childhood neurological diseases, including muscle disease.

Action Medical Research and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust (CSPCT) are teaming up to fund a fellowship to help children with brain damage or other mental or physical disability at birth in particular through research into effective physiotherapy treatments and the dissemination of the results to the public. Full members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy can apply. The Action CSPCT fellowship could fund research as part of a PHD, Prof Doc and Post Doc activity (so long as the post doc activity contained sufficient new training and project work). Masters level activity will not be funded.

To find out more please look at our guidelines and the information below

Work that we cannot fund

It’s important to note that we don’t provide any of the following:

  • grants towards service provision or audit studies
  • grants purely for higher education, although Research Training Fellows are strongly encouraged to independently register for a PhD
  • course fees for degrees or subsistence costs
  • grants for medical or dental electives
  • grants for work undertaken outside the UK
  • any indirect costs such as administrative or other overheads imposed by the university or other institution
  • costs associated with advertising and recruitment of staff
  • 'top up' funding for work supported by other funding bodies
  • costs to attend conferences (current Action Medical Research grant holders may apply separately as the need arises during the grant)
  • general appeals from other charities. Applications would normally come directly from research teams and projects need to be passed through our scientific peer review system
  • grants for research into complementary/alternative medicine
  • grants on how best to train clinical staff
  • grants on social research, family relationships or socioeconomic research
  • grants for very basic research with little likelihood of clinical impact within the short to medium term
  • applicants who are based in core funded units can apply, but need to demonstrate added value.

Please do read our guidelines whilst deciding whether to apply for a Research Training Fellowship.

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