Clinical Research Training Fellowships

To provide a foundation in research training for medically qualified graduates in an established research institution in the UK.

The BHF is moving to a new research Grants Management System. We are not currently accepting applications for Clinical Research Training Fellowships. Applications will re-open on our new Flexi-Grant® GMS in January 2020. A sample copy of the new application form can be downloaded here.

Entry requirements

  • Application should usually be after Foundation year two, but before award of a CCT

Grant duration

  • Usually three years to complete a PhD, although applications for two years to complete an MD or equivalent will be considered.

Award may include

  • Salary of applicant.
  • Research consumables directly attributable to the project, usually less than £10,000 per year, but larger amounts will be considered if fully justified.

How to apply

Who can apply?

  • The online application form must be completed by an established investigator who will be the supervisor and may be for a named student only.
  • The primary supervisor must devote a minimum of 10% of their time to supervising the student and a second supervisor should also be included.
  • Applicants who have started a PhD (or equivalent) may be eligible to apply for a Clinical Research Training Fellowship, but may only apply within 6 months of having registered for their PhD. In these circumstances, the proposed start date for the Clinical Research Training Fellowship should also be no more than 12 months (or full-time equivalent) from the date of registration for the degree.

Additional information

You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your online application form containing the following information:

  1. For resubmissions, include an unedited copy of the original feedback followed by a detailed response, limited to 3 sides of A4, explaining how the revised application has changed from the original submission.
  2. Abstract of the proposed investigation in 200 words or less.
  3. Background to the project and pilot data.
  4. Original hypothesis.
  5. Experimental details and design of proposed investigation.
  6. If requesting funding for a clinical study, include all information listed in the Clinical Study Guidelines (Interventional Study) or in the Clinical Study Guidelines (Observational Study)If you do not provide the information outlined in the guidelines, your application may be returned without formal consideration.
  7. Power calculations.
  8. Expected value of results.
  9. List of references relevant to the proposed project.
  10. The contribution to be made by each co-applicant and collaborator (maximum of one A4 side).
  11. List of recent relevant publications from supervisor.
  12. Appendices should be a maximum of 3 sides of A4 containing only tables or figures essential to the understanding of the application. Research papers whether published, in press or in preparation may not be attached (although hyperlinks can be provided).
  13. Statement detailing the scientific techniques in which the candidate will be trained.
  14. Candidate’s training programme listing skills to be acquired during the grant.
  15. Full CV of the candidate, including list of publications, statement of career intentions and academic email address.
  16. Supporting letters from collaborators.
  17. Valid copy of ethical approval if relevant.

Sections 2-8 must not exceed 6 A4 sides. The PDF file size must not exceed 20MB.

Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If this font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior to formal consideration.

The BHF is prepared to consider funding or part-funding Clinical Research Training Fellowships that include research experience with an industry partner (for example, experience of experimental medicine). Please contact our office for advice if you are considering applying for a co-funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship.

Decision process

There are no closing dates.

Please submit the application when it is ready. Receipt will be acknowledged within 24 hours and we will advise you when you can expect the result. A decision will be reached by the Fellowships Committee (four meetings a year) after it has considered external peer review reports.

Allow six months from submission to decision.