There are some small amounts of money available to support costs associated with undertaking research. NMAHPPs (Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Pharmacists 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, Pharmacists 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 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.


  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 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.

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

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 (

 Potential research-related expenses covered by the bursary include:

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