Research Facilitation and Support

Research is at the heart of the College and is led by the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC). The Research programme:

  • Enables GPs and GP practices to participate in research
  • Highlights and celebrates the best research from the UK to support clinical practice and patient care
  • Influences primary care research within the UK.

The Research programme includes:

Scientific Foundation Board grants

The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) provides funding for general practice and primary care research of direct relevance to patient care.

The 2017 call for research grant applications is now open. Practitioners Allowance Grants of up to £1000 are available throughout the year.

• Grant application and information page

RCGP Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowship

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RCGP Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowship

Applications are invited annually for the RCGP Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowship. This is a joint fellowship between the RCGP and Marie Curie.

The RCGP and Marie Curie are addressing the lack of research on 24/7 palliative care. The fellowship brings palliative and end of life care to the forefront of primary care research. The fellowship will identify and support a future leader in primary care research related to palliative and end of life care.

The award of £40,000 will be available for up to 2 years.

Applications for RCGP Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowships are currently closed and will reopen later in 2017 providing there is funding available.

RCGP Research Ready®

RCGP Research Ready supports GP practices to carry out high quality research and meet the needs of patients and practice teams. The quality framework, designed exclusively for GP practices, enables practices to develop a research culture and ethos.

RCGP Research Ready supports a network of over 1,000 practices, covering approximately 14% of the UK’s population and is the RCGP’s largest GP practice network.

RCGP Research Ready was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) and in collaboration with GPs, practice managers, Royal College of Nursing, Care Quality Commission, Health Research Authority, Scottish Primary Care Research Network, Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network, and Health and Care Research Wales Workforce.

RCGP Research Ready web page

The WOW factors of research - Terry Kemple, RCGP President-elect

RCGP Impact from Research

Supporting the translation and dissemination of research into high quality practical support and resources for jobbing GPs

The RCGP is a forward-facing organisation which recognises the importance of shaping the future of general practice and the key role which research plays in advancing the highest quality of care for patients.

We want to support members to promote their research skills in practice and to this end we have developed a new mechanism to support researchers.

The Impact from Research workstream was launched in April 2017 and offers UK-based researchers the opportunity to partner with the RCGP on projects that have the potential to have an impact in the delivery of care. It allows the RCGP the opportunity to directly engage with research projects working both with new researchers as well as established academic GPs and researchers leading their field. The RCGP is well placed in terms of the experience and expertise as well as the reputation, networks and reach to influence and communicate with the primary care community.

We are offering to:

• Work with applicants on high quality research bids
• Collaborate on funding applications as partners in leading the dissemination and engagement work for the project
• Activities that we can coordinate include research focussed events and workshops, linking the project with any relevant existing RCGP programmes for example Clinical Priorities, updating existing resources such as e-Learning modules and toolkits or creating new ones, creating webinars and videos and accessing RCGP communications channels
• Linking with Research Ready® or the Research Surveillance centre to influence best practice in research
• If required we will recruit a Clinical Champion to lead on the translation of the project into support and resources that all GPs will find helpful and relevant.

If you are currently leading on a funding bid for a research project and would like more information or to discuss how the RCGP could support your project specifically, please contact Alison.Marsh@rcgp.org.uk.

Influencing research

Research and production of objective evidence is central for GPs to be able to deliver the best care possible to their patients. The College has a number of strategic partnerships through which it supports and influences research within the UK.

The College influences research within the UK by identifying the important research areas within general practice and working with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to prioritise these.

Research awards

The RCGP celebrates high quality research through its research awards. The Research Paper of the Year award features the best research from the previous year and translates this into practical advice for general practice.

The Yvonne Carter Award for outstanding new researcher celebrates leadership at the early stages of an academic career. The joint award between the RCGP and the Society for Academic Primary Care provides support for the winner to develop international research collaborations.

The RCGP and CRN awards recognise practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research. There is also an award for First 5 GPs who demonstrate an emerging interest and experience in delivering research within a primary care setting.

• RCGP research awards

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