Apply to join our clinical programmes

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 2020 project intake process is yet to be confirmed. This page will be updated once further information is available.

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 2019 intake is now closed. However, the information from this intake cycle remains accessible here. 

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.

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 for 3 months prior to the closing date. We recommend that you take full advantage of this opportunity. 

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

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