Bursaries and Funding
There are some small amounts of money available to support costs associated with undertaking research. NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Staff and Psychologists) undertaking research should first check with their supervisors/departments/directorates/HR Team/employer to see if there are any local funds or awards that they can apply to for covering research costs/expenses.
Please see the details below of bursary funding available to ICHT NMAHPP staff funded via the CATO team.
Research Software Bursaries (for Doctors and NMAHPPs)
About the Bursary
This Bursary scheme is for ICHT Doctors and NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Staff and Psychologists) on Imperial Health Charity/NIHR Imperial BRC funded research fellowships. Available to Imperial College Healthcare Trust staff undertaking IHC/BRC funded research fellowships, this bursary can provide funding for the purchase of software programmes/licences required to undertake research projects (i.e, SPSS, NVIVO and EndNote).
This bursary scheme is administered by the CATO Team. Bursaries will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment since funds are limited.
For queries please contact CATO@imperial.ac.uk or 020 331 31373.
Software Bursary: Application process
There are 2 stages to the bursary application process:
- Stage 1: completion of an application form to request approval
- Stage 2: completion of an expenses claim form to reclaim approved expenses
- Applicants should first complete an online bursary application form and upload scans of receipts showing proof of purchase of the software programmes/licences (paid for from your personal bank account). Purchase of more than one programme can be applied for in the same application form
- The submitted application will then be reviewed by the CATO Team
- If the application is approved, CATO will give applicants an Expenses Claim Form. This should be to completed and returned, together with the original receipts, for the reimbursement payment to be arranged.
- Before purchasing any software applicants have the option to contact CATO giving details of their planned purchase to ask for a ‘decision in principle’ if they prefer to have confirmation of support before incurring any expenses (email@example.com).
- This funding is available on the basis that applicants purchase the software personally (ie, purchases should not be made through the Trust)
Research Software Bursary: Details and Eligibility
- The bursary provides funding to support the purchase of research software programme(s)
- The bursary operates on a reimbursement basis. Applicants must purchase the software personally ‘up front’ once approved you will be reimbursed directly into your bank account via the Imperial College expense department through the submission of receipts
- The bursary will refund the full cost of purchasing software programmes to an upper limit per person of £1,500
- An annual license for the purchase of software programmes is the recommended arrangement
- Applicants are advised to apply for the bursary at the start or in the early stages of their award to achieve maximum use from the software during their fellowship time.
- Eligibility for the bursary is limited to only ICHT funded IHC/BRC funded Pre- and Post-Doctoral research fellows (Doctors and NMAHPPs).
- Staff who have completed IHC/BRC funded research fellowships within the last 2 years may also be considered for this bursary, these applications will be assessed on a case by case basis
- ICHT staff who have Honorary ICL contracts should fully explore what packages/programmes are available to them free of charge or at discounted rates through the College before applying for a CATO bursary
- Before looking to purchase software programmes all eligible applicants should consider alternative/more economical options, e.g. using “R” for statistical programming/analysis which is free and increasingly used, or Graphpad or STATA instead
- CATO reserves the right to refuse any applications deemed to be ineligible or to fall outside the remit of the bursary scheme.
Research Skills Short Courses Bursary (for Doctors and NMAHPPs)
Research Skills Short Courses Bursary: About the bursary
This new bursary is open to Imperial College AHSC* clinical staff of all professions who are looking to develop research skills and careers.
This scheme has been designed to support clinical staff to develop a specific academic/ personal skill which will help them to develop in their clinical academic career.
Examples of types of research training this bursary will cover include:
- Methodological frameworks inc systematic reviews, questionnaires, online surveys
- Robust research methods
- Health economic evaluation
- Machine learning
- Qualitative analysis
- Data analytics
- Public Involvement & Engagement / Patient Experience (but first see available training in the Imperial PERC)
- Core aspects of management and leadership relevant to research career
Other areas will also be considered - providing they fit with the aims of the bursary.
Applicants can claim up to £500 towards course fee costs. Bursaries are available on a first come- first served basis and applicants are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Before starting your application, we strongly advise that you read and understand the eligibility criteria listed below, to ensure you are eligible for the bursary.
Please note this is is a pilot bursary and only available for 2 years in the first instance (June 2021 - June 2023).
Research Skills Short Courses Bursary: Details and Eligibility
- The bursary provides funding towards the cost of course fees which help to develop specific academic/personal skills required for clinical academic careers. This bursary is not for the development of clinical skills/training.
- The bursary operates on a reimbursement basis. Applicants book and purchase the course place themselves ‘up front’ and then once approved applicants are reimbursed directly into their bank account via the Imperial College expense department. This method is different to usual Trust purchasing mechanisms.
- The bursary will support course fee costs up to a maximum of £500 per applicant. If the course costs more than £500, the applicant is required to fund any remaining costs themselves.
Decision in Principle:
- Before booking and paying for a place on a course, applicants have the option to ask for a ‘decision in principle’ if they prefer to have confirmation of support before incurring any expenses.
- To obtain a decision in principle the applicant should email the CATO team with the details of what bursary they are applying for, what the course they want to attend is, how it will help them to develop a specific academic/personal skill needed to develop their clinical academic career path and how much the course costs.
Eligibility for the bursary is limited to:
- HEE funded Academic Foundation Trainees in the North West London Foundation School (during the course of their 2 year AFT post).
- Doctors in Training at ICHT, RMH and C&W linked Trusts.
- NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professions, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Staff and Psychologists) in ICHT, RMH and C&W linked Trusts at all levels below Consultant looking to develop research skills and careers.
- Clinical academics/researchers of all clinical professions below Consultant level undertaking research Fellowships across the AHSC if funding for such training is not available from their research funder.
This bursary is not open to:
- NIHR and locally funded ACF and CLs.
- Clinical academics employed by or undertaking a PhD at an Imperial College AHSC organisation.
- Clinical Consultants employed by Imperial College AHSC organisations.
- Clinical Research Practitioners.
Pre- and Post-Doctoral awardees who are in receipt of IHC/BRC Research Fellowships should use the top-up funding bursary as their first port of call. Only in very exceptional cases would they be eligible to apply for this bursary in addition. Any applicants who fall into this category (i.e. anyone who has used all of their £3000 top-up and requires extra funding for a course) should contact firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
Research Skills Short Courses Bursary: Application process
Once you are comfortable that you and the course you plan to attend meet the eligibility criteria you are able to apply for the bursary.
- Applicants should complete an online bursary application form and upload scans of receipts showing proof that they have purchased a place on the course. Those not on the Imperial College London Payroll should also upload a completed Expenses Claim Form (Excel).
- The submitted application will then be reviewed, along with your letter of support (details below) by the CATO Team. Your application will not be considered without a letter of support.
- Within the application form you will be asked to state which of the Imperial College AHSC Clinical Research Training Framework competencies you will fulfill by attending this course. We therefore recommend downloading and reading this in advance of applying.
In addition to your application you will need to provide a letter of support from a recognised clinical academic supervisor/mentor. All supporting letters should be emailed to the CATO team - email@example.com:
- If you are an applicant who is not currently undertaking a research fellowship, you will need to submit a letter of support written by a recognised clinical academic supervisor/mentor, evidencing your research commitment and outlining why these skills are needed.
- If you are an applicant who is currently undertaking a research fellowship, you will need to submit a letter of support written by a recognised clinical academic supervisor/mentor, outlining the need for this training and that funding for this course is not available via the research funder.
Other bursaries available
ICHT - Research Poster Bursary: Information
From July 2019 a limited amount of funds are available to help cover the costs of printing posters to present at research conferences. This bursary is only available to ICHT NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacists and Psychologists) and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply please contact Maggie Baldock in the Therapies Department firstname.lastname@example.org
Imperial Health Charity/ Imperial BRC - Top up funding for fellows
To support additional costs relating to research fellowships not explicitly covered by the charity/BRC grant, a new top up fund has been made available for fellows who receive their award in 2020 and 2021 (not available to previous awardees). Funding is available for both Pre- and Post-Doctoral awardees, Doctors and NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacists and Psychologists) in receipt of IHC/BRC Research Fellowships only.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have fully utilised/exhausted options with their Charity/BRC award before looking to apply for funds through the Top Up fund. The bursary is available for up to £3,000 per person, for the duration of the award. The Imperial Health Charity will be managing the requests for this fund, please contact the Charity for further information and to discuss (email@example.com).
Potential research-related expenses covered by the bursary include:
- Research consumables
- Research Training costs
- Open access publication costs
- Publication costs, journals etc..
- Library Fees