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Apply for a Research Training Fellowship

We warmly welcome applications to our Research Training Fellowship scheme. 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.

Awards are intended for medical and bioengineering graduates. We welcome applications from clinicians, bioengineers, research nurses and allied health professionals. 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.

The closing date for applications is likely to be 30 August 2018.


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 this remit, we support a broad spectrum of research with the objective of:

  • preventing disease and disability
  • 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 Research Training Fellowship with Sands for 2018

As part of our open competition peer review we include calls for potential joint funding.

Action Medical Research and Sands are teaming up to fund a Research Training Fellowship in 2018 into the prevention of stillbirth. Applications may be made for up to three years full time funding to £250,000 per award through the Action Medical Research website and our normal Research Training Fellowship outline application form.

Action Medical Research will continue to consider applications across the breadth of its remit. Applications that are not eligible for co-funding but meet the remit of Action Medical Research alone will also be considered as part of this round.

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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