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Guidelines

Purpose of the award

These prestigious Research Training Fellowships are for training in research techniques and methodology in a subject relevant to the overall aims of the charity. 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to independently register for a higher degree such as a PhD. The scheme aims to train the research leaders of the future in the UK.

This round we hope to award up to three fellowships.

Limitations

Please note, these awards should not be viewed as project grant applications to simply extend current research as candidates will be expected to demonstrate a significant training element to their project. The awards are not perceived as studentships and we do not cover higher education fees but we strongly encourage training fellows to independently register for a higher degree.

The scheme is not intended for basic biological scientists.  

Postdoctoral researchers can only apply if they are eligible to apply for the joint funding from Action and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust (CSPCT) or if they are in the field of bioengineering and will be receiving significant new training.

Experience

Candidates are expected to have at least some experience of research following their first degree. Medical graduates should have had limited research training but wish to develop a long-term career in academic medicine in the UK. They should not normally be more than 6 years post MRCP (or equivalent).

Period

Two to three years considered. We do not fund one year fellowships.

Host Institution

University departments, teaching hospitals or other recognised research centres within the UK. It is essential that a laboratory or unit appropriate to the research proposed is selected, and the necessary equipment and facilities required for the proposed research must be available to the candidate.

Please note, Action Medical Research is not a research institution itself, and cannot offer research facilities to candidates.

Success rate

We received 28 outline applications for the 2017 RTF scheme, 18 full applications were invited and 17 full applications received for external peer review. The applications and external referee reports were then submitted to our Scientific Advisory Panel members and 8 candidates were shortlisted for interview. There were 2 awards made following the interviews.

We received 18 outline applications for the 2018 RTF scheme, 12 full applications were invited and 10 received for full peer review. The applications and external referee reports were then submitted to our Scientific Advisory Panel members and 4 candidates were shortlisted for interview. One award was made following the interviews.

In 2019 we are hoping to fund up to three fellowships.

Costs

Applications are not expected to be much above £240,000 for a three year fellowship. The maximum upper limit is £250,000. Starting salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience. Consumable research expenses essential for the period of research training will be awarded. Please note that the claims for consumable expenses must be fully justified and will be scrutinised by our reviewers. Items of capital equipment, including computers, cannot be considered.

Expectations

Applicants

All applicants must comply with Home Office requirements and, where appropriate, hold a valid work permit to cover the period of the Research Training Fellowship. Preference will be given to candidates resident in the UK.

Applicants have an opportunity to undertake a period of research training which will be relevant to their future careers. Applicants should demonstrate that they have the necessary ability, enthusiasm and commitment to follow through any training and should provide evidence that they will be given guidance/training in appropriate research techniques and methodology (which may include experimental design, statistics, computing, writing scientific papers/grant applications). This should be summarised in the form of a timetable drawn up in conjunction with their supervisor. It is expected that applicants will be involved in oral presentations of their work and that they join journal clubs etc. as available.

It is a condition of any award that yearly reports are provided by the applicant and endorsed by their supervisor. Research Training Fellows are treated as all grantholders within the Charity and are expected to speak on their work at fundraising events or scientific meetings if required.

Fellowships must be taken up within one year of the award.

As these are personal awards and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, it is expected that the application form is completed by the Research Training Fellowship applicant and NOT their supervisor.

Supervisors

Supervisors should discuss the basis of the application with the applicant thoroughly to ensure that a sensible programme of training is pursued and to advise on additional experience which may be needed (for example, by way of design, statistics, computing and writing scientific papers/grant applications). Applicants should be provided with an adequate and specific work area for both research and writing, and given an opportunity for oral presentations of their work, and the encouragement to join journal clubs etc. as available.

Mentors:  We recommend that awardees arrange to have a mentor. The mentor should be someone different to their supervisors, be able to offer a different perspective and help with personal and professional development.

How the application will be judged

The Research Training Fellowship Scheme is run on the basis of an open competition and peer review. Consideration is given to the worthiness of the candidate, the value of the training proposed in relation to the ability of the candidate and his/her chosen career path, and the reputation of the host institute. The scientific merits of the project are assessed in terms of the project itself and the basis on which suitable training can be provided. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. The final selection will be made on the advice of the interviewing panel drawn from the relevant scientific and medical advisers of the Charity.

The above set of guidelines is aimed to help applicants and is in no way a comprehensive set of rules and regulations

How to apply for a Research Training Fellowship outline proposal

Joint Research Training Fellowships for 2019

Call from Action Medical Research and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) for applications for a Research Training Fellowship in the field of childhood neurological diseases, including muscle disease.

As part of this year’s Research Training Fellowship round, 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.

Applications for this award will be considered in open competition through the Action Medical Research peer review system as part of its response mode Research Training Fellowship round considering applications across conditions affecting pregnancy, babies, children and young people.

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 outline application form.

Call from Action Medical Research and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust for applications for a Research Training Fellowship

Action Medical Research and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust (CSPCT) are teaming up to fund a Research Training Fellowship in 2019 for research 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.

Applications will be considered through the Action Medical Research peer review system

Training Fellowship applicants who apply in this topic area and are a full member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are eligible to apply for joint funding up to a total upper limit of £250,000.

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.

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 outline application form.

Jointly-funded research awards will be subject to the standard Action Medical Research terms and conditions and exclusions, together with these Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust conditions:

  • The Research Training Fellow must be a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy member paying a full current subscription for the Society.

  • The research team must comply with national ethical and research governance standards (as with all Action Medical Research grants). To gain approval the lead researcher(s) needs to complete the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS).

  • In order to comply with registration requirements for randomised controlled trials, and to maintain a public portfolio of all SRP projects which are trials, successful applicants must apply for ISRCTN registration.

  • Support (payment of fees) will not be provided for:

    • research that is part of a taught degree eg MSc, undergraduate   

    • MPhil / PhD / DPhil / Post Doc university fees, although Research Training Fellows are strongly encouraged to independently register for a PhD or Professional Doctorate.

    • educational courses or any educational activity.

  • Researchers will be required to use Researchfish to report research output

  • As with all other Action Medical Research applications, applicants are able to include the cost of open access publishing fees within their budgets up to a ceiling of £3,000.

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.

The above set of guidelines is aimed to help applicants and is in no way a comprehensive set of rules and regulations

How to apply for a Research Training Fellowship outline proposal

 

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