Celebrations set to mark 10 years of research fellowships

28 May 2019

Celebrations set to mark 10 years of research fellowships
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Imperial Health Charity’s research fellowships programme – with celebrations set to take place throughout the summer.

Since 2009, we have awarded more than £3 million to fund important research projects at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

The programme has provided research opportunities for almost 100 members of staff, giving them the chance to gain valuable experience and progress their clinical academic careers.

With support from the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, research fellowships at Imperial have been expanded to offer opportunities not only for medics, but for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists, psychologists and healthcare scientists as well.

As we celebrate this important milestone, we are encouraging hospital staff to start their research journey today.

“There has never been a better time to embark on a research project at the Trust,” said Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity.

“Whether you are a nurse or a midwife, a pharmacist or a psychologist, please do take this opportunity to find out how you can start your research journey at Imperial.”

Funding is available for Trust staff to take time out of their job or training programme to complete a research project. The fellowship serves as a springboard to help staff gain the skills required for further study.

Over the last decade, our fellows have made a valuable contribution to improving patient care while developing their research skills in preparation for an academic career.

The fellowships are funded by Imperial Health Charity and the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, with up to £65,000 available for each successful applicant.

“It was a golden ticket for me to get started”

Funding from Imperial Health Charity enabled Dr Neil Graham (pictured above) to establish a research project which is exploring the link between head injuries and dementia.

Since his one-year fellowship at Imperial, Dr Graham has secured additional funding to progress his PhD.

“It was a golden ticket for me to get started,” he said. “If you don’t have a lot of preliminary data or full-time research experience, it can be very hard to get a three-year fellowship, which is what you need to set up a programme like this.

“The fellowship provided a perfect stepping stone. Without that opportunity I’m not sure I would be in the position I am today.”

Applications open in October 2019 – but now is the time to start thinking about your research project. For further information and advice on how to apply:

Email: grants@imperialcharity.org.uk

Visit: www.imperialcharity.org.uk/research-fellowships