Apply to join our clinical programmes

The new Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) project intake process now open.

CIRC works to support GPs and practice staff to deliver better quality of care to their patients.

Working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, we work in partnership with a variety of funders, including charities and government bodies to develop resources, which support primary health care professionals to deliver better care.

We work with our membership of over 52,000 hardworking and dedicated GPs on transformative change to ensure general practice is clinically effective and sustainable for the future.

Each year, CIRC selects new projects related to our four main programme areas; Clinical Support, Innovation, Quality Improvement and Research and Evaluation. The 2019 project intake process will close on 25 January 2019 and involve the planning and delivery of projects commencing from 1 April 2019.

Previous projects have included:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Person-centred Care
  • Quality Improvement in Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Research Fellowships

Who can apply?

All College members, country councils, faculties, committees, boards and groups, affiliated primary care societies, other royal colleges, charities, and patients. 

Individuals from organisations, whether members of the RCGP or not, are also encouraged to apply.

Applications are particularly welcome that include quality improvement, innovation, and research elements, as well as having a clear clinical focus.

Illustrating patient and carer consultation in planning and delivery, secondary care interface, and the development of training and learning resources for GPs and practice staff is also key. 

How to apply?

The guidance document provides information on the types of projects CIRC will collaborate on and information on the application process. We strongly recommended that you read this guidance before beginning your application. 

Applications must be submitted using the application form.

Completed application forms should be sent to no later than midnight on 25 January 2019.

For full information on the project intake process timeline, funding, as well as top tips on how to make a good application please see the guidance document.

Consultation period

A member of the CIRC team will work with you to help develop a plan for your project and support you through the process. This consultation period will be open from 4 October to 11 January 2019. We recommend that you take full advantage of this opportunity. We will not be able to take any further questions beyond 11 January 2019.

Selection process

Proposed projects and programmes are judged by an expert panel including RCGP Officers who are accountable for RCGP activities across Innovation, Clinical quality and Research & Evaluation. The expert panel will judge applications based on the following criteria:

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch via


If you would like to get in touch regarding a new project, please email

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