Clinical Programmes: Collaborate with the RCGP to improve patient care

Apply to develop a clinical programme with the RCGP's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre. The application deadline is 28 February 2020. It is essential to secure funding for your application. 

About the RCGP's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre

The Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) works with GPs and practice staff to advance primary care.

Our team:

  • works across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • works in partnership with grant funders, charities and government bodies
  • develops a wide range of innovative resources and events for primary care
  • supports primary health care professionals to change practice and deliver better care

RCGP Clinical Programme Application Process

This year, CIRC is seeking to work in collaboration with GPs, patients, charities and external partners to advance primary care.

Our team:

  • has project management expertise
  • has wide links across the healthcare sector
  • has links to the 55,000 strong RCGP membership
  • works with and develops clinical leadership
  • CIRC has 12 years’ experience managing clinical improvement projects

Learn more about CIRC. 

Your project idea

  • Would you like to improve patient care in a specific clinical area?
  • Would you like to work on a clinical project with potential national impact?
  • Would you like to develop primary healthcare knowledge, research, or innovation?
  • Would you like to work with the experience of our team and networks?
  • Can you secure external funding for your project idea?

We like to hear project ideas on improving practice, and may be able to support you to turn your idea into practice. Please get in touch with

Advancing primary care open day

The RCGP’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre will host a free one-day event for GPs, health charities, national bodies, grant funders, academic and research organisations and others who wish to collaborate with the College to tackle some of the key clinical issues facing primary care. If you are interested in applying, we recommend attending the project open day on Monday 3 February 2020.

Book your place


A wide range of organisations are eligible to apply including:

  • Individual GP Members of the RCGP
  • Health and patient support charities
  • National government bodies
  • Universities
  • Research organisations
  • Think tanks and institutes
  • Other Royal Medical Colleges
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups

If you are unsure whether you or your organisation is eligible to apply, please contact

How to apply?

  • Step 1: Read the guidance document
  • Step 2: Secure proof of funding for your project idea
  • Step 3: Speak to our team at the open day, email or phone
  • Step 4: Complete your application form and submit by midnight 28 February.


Applications are judged by an expert panel including RCGP Officers.

The expert panel will judge applications based on the following criteria:

The following documents are also a useful indicator of the RCGP values which may support/enhance your application:

Areas of focus

This year applications are welcome from any clinical topic or area that can demonstrate a strong rationale, and project concept, and one that meets the assessment criteria.

In evaluating projects, the college will give additional emphasis to its two enduring priority areas of focus; Cancer and Mental Health.


If you have any queries or would like to get in touch regarding a new project,

please email


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