There are small amounts of money available to support costs associated with undertaking research.  Healthcare Professional staff 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.

 There are also 2 sources of bursary funding available to ICHT Healthcare Professional staff funded via the CATO team.

Research Software Bursaries

About the Bursary

This Bursary scheme is for ICHT non-medical clinical academics* on Imperial Health Charity/NIHR Imperial BRC funded research fellowships. Bursaries are available to Imperial College Healthcare Trust staff undertaking IHC/BRC funded research fellowship (non-medical) to provide partial funding for the purchase of software programmes/licences required to undertake their research projects (i.e, SPSS, NVIVO and EndNote). 

This bursary scheme, 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.

Further details about the application process are provided below. For queries please contact or 020 331 31373.

*Non-Medical Healthcare Professions: Nurses, Allied Health Professions, Midwives, Pharmacists and Healthcare Scientists.

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.


  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 (
  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 partial funding support to purchase of research software programme(s), the applicant is required to fund the remaining proportion of the costs themselves
  • The bursary operates on a reimbursement basis.  Applicants must purchase the software personally ‘up front’ once approved you will be reimbursed a proportion of the cost directly into your bank account via the Imperial College expense department through the submission of receipts.
  • The bursary funds a maximum of 75% of the total cost per person of purchasing the software programme(s). The upper limit of subsidy for any individual will be £2,250
  • 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 (non-medics). 
  • 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 Conference Poster Bursary

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 Healthcare Professional staff and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.  To apply please contact Maggie Baldock in the Therapies Department