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.

Researcher Development Course Bursary

About the Researcher Development Course

The very popular 4-day Imperial College London Researcher Development Course taking place online on 10-11 October & 21-22 November 2022.

Research is a core principle of the NHS. Research activity improves patient care yet is complex to carry out and requires a wide range of skills. This course is designed to introduce some of the core skills required to carry out research successfully.

 This is a short course and it is not designed to cover everything. It is no replacement for a Masters level degree, but provides an excellent grounding prior to undertaking such a course. It is also suitable for clinicians who want to improve their understanding of research. Healthcare Professionals who have a post-registration MSc or MRes are welcome to apply, however, they will have covered some of the course content when doing their degree. Therefore, people who have not done a post-registration Masters will be prioritised.

Please note there will be some pre-course work to do before the course starts.

This is a well-established and highly regarded course so please do consider applying. You can find out more about the course on the course webpage.

The course fee is £520 for the virtual course, which covers all 4 days and the course is open to colleagues from across the Imperial College AHSC as well as external applicants.

There are a limited number of FREE bursary places available for both ICHT/ICL NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Staff and Psychologists). These places are generously funded by the NIHR Imperial BRC.

There are also a very limited number of places for wider AHSC NMAHPPs (funded through the CATO short courses bursary). More information on bursaries can be found in the dropdowns below.

If you are not an NMAHPP, not part of the AHSC, or if you would like to self-fund a place on the course please visit the website to book a place on the course.

Information for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust staff / Imperial College London staff

There are a limited number of FREE bursary places available for both Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT) / Imperial College London (ICL) staff. These places are generously funded by the NIHR Imperial BRC.

Please see the notes below on how to apply for an Imperial BRC funded place on the course.

Important information - please read this before applying for the bursary

  • MANDATORY ATTENDANCE on all 4 course days is required of all bursary recipients.
  • This bursary is intended for NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Staff and Psychologists) who are employed by either ICHT and/or ICL.
  • The bursary will cover the full cost of the course.
  • Places are limited and will be allocated to those deemed most suitable for the course, based on the information they supply.
  • To promote equity, to support building research capability and to address an underrepresented group in research, 2 of the BRC bursary places will be reserved solely for people from ethnic minorities. The remaining places will be open to all applicants.
  • Applications to the bursary will close at Midday on Monday 22 August.

How to apply
To apply, please complete and submit the bursary application form before Midday, Monday 22 August. You will be notified of the outcome in late August/ early September. 

You do not need to register directly for the course as well. If you are awarded a BRC bursary, you will automatically have secured a place the course. If awarded, we will send your details to Eva Moreno, at the Centre for Continuing Professional Development, who will be in touch with joining information in September.

Information for wider AHSC staff (i.e. RMH, ICR, C&W)

There are a very limited number of FREE bursary places available for staff  from wider Imperial College AHSC full member organisations*. These places are funded by the CATO Research Skills Short Courses bursary.
*Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research)

Please see the notes below on how to apply for a CATO funded place on the course.

Important information - please read this before applying

  • MANDATORY ATTENDANCE on all 4 course days is required of all bursary recipients.
  • This bursary is intended for NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacy Staff and Psychologists) who are employed by any of the Imperial College AHSC organisations (as listed above*).
  • The bursary will cover the full cost of the course.
  • Places are very limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • Funding is provided from the Research Skills Short Courses Bursary fund, if you are allocated a bursary for this course please note that you will have then maximised your allowance and will not be eligible to apply for this bursary again in the future.

How to apply

  • You should first apply directly for a place on the course via this link*: Researcher Development Course reservation – CATO Short Courses Bursary | Imperial College London Online Store
  • Once your place has been reserved, you will then need to contact CATO@imperial.ac.uk, with proof of your reservation.
  • CATO will then send you a link to complete a bursary application. You must complete this application and await approval from CATO.
  • Your place on the course is not confirmed until you have both the reservation in place and bursary approval from the CATO team. 
  • If you are deemed ineligible for the bursary your place on the course will be cancelled. No fees will be incurred.

*If no places are able to be reserved via this link, that means that the course is unfortunately full and no more bookings can be taken.

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

  • 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 will need to upload a completed Expenses Claim Form. A copy of the claim form can be accessed and downloaded within the bursary application form.
  • The submitted application will then be reviewed by the CATO Team

Notes

  1. 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 (cato@imperial.ac.uk).
  2. 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

Bursary Details:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • Statistics
  • Machine learning
  • Bioinformatics
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Data analytics
  • Ethics
  • 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

Bursary Details:

  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Imperial College Specialised/Academic Foundation Trainees in the North West London Foundation School (during the course of their 2 year trainee post).
  • NIHR/HEE funded Imperial Clinical Lecturers.
  • Doctors in Training at ICHT, RMH and C&W linked Trusts.

This bursary is not open to:

  • NIHR and locally funded ACFs.
  • 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 cato@imperial.ac.uk 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 will need to upload a completed Expenses Claim Form. A copy of the claim form can be accessed and downloaded within the bursary application form.
  • 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 directly from your research supervisor/mentor to the CATO team- cato@imperial.ac.uk:

  • 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 maggiebaldock@nhs.net

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 (grants@imperialcharity.org.uk).

 Potential research-related expenses covered by the bursary include:

  • Research consumables
  • Research Training costs
  • Open access publication costs
  • Publication costs, journals etc..
  • Library Fees

HEE funding for a Master's in Genomic Medicine

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has opened funding applications for those wishing to further develop their knowledge of genomics through the popular Master’s in Genomic Medicine programme.

NHS healthcare professionals in England can now apply for funding to undertake up to four individual CPPD modules that start before 31 March 2022.

Limited funding is also available for those wishing to extend a previously-awarded qualification under the framework. This will be subject to set criteria being met, as well as funding availability.

You can find out more about the scheme, and details on how to apply, on the HEE website.