Research Grants and Fellowships

The College annually allocates over £100,000 of funding to research grants and fellowships. We work collaboratively to maximise the impact of these awards. Previous partners have included Marie Curie, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC).

The RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) was established in 1976 as a charitable funding body of the College. It awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting.

Research Grants

Practitioner’s Allowance Grants (PAGs)

Applications for Practitioner's Allowance Grants up to £2,000. PAGs are available to GPs who face difficulties in acquiring direct costs for a specific research activity within their practice or institution.

The call is open throughout the year.

To support GPs who are facing challenges in the current situation related to COVID-19, the SFB decided to open the call for submissions throughout the year and review them accordingly. 

For eligibility and guidance please see documents below:

All applications for grants to be submitted to For more information contact us by email at or telephone 020 3188 7594.

SFB Annual Research Grants

Call for grant applications now open. 

Apply for research grants of up to £30,000 from the RCGP. 

The RCGP Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) supports high quality primary care research studies, and awards grants for research projects where findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting.

For the 2020 call, we particularly welcome applications that concern primary care and the COVID-19 pandemic. This could cover any aspect of the pandemic, including, but not exclusively:

  • The response of primary care to the pandemic
  • New models of primary care as a result of the pandemic
  • Consequences of the pandemic on other diseases
  • Impact of the pandemic on primary care staff
  • Implications for future pandemic provision
  • Primary care data and COVID-19 recording

Any GP, primary healthcare professional, or university-based health services researcher may apply for a grant for scientific research to be undertaken in the UK.

For eligibility and guidance please see documents below:

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2020

Applications received after 31 July 2020 will not be accepted. This also applies to submissions delayed by technology problems. Applicants are strongly advised to consider possible IT glitches and to submit their completed forms in time. You will receive an e-mail confirming submission.

For more information contact us by email at telephone 020 3188 7594.

Interim and final Reports

Grant holders are required to submit an annual report by 15 June each year until completion of the research project. Annual reports should be presented using the progress report template. Each report should contain a predicted project end date and indicate the progress that has been made to date.

For projects of up to 12 months, grant holders should only submit a final report. This report must be submitted within 12 months of the end date of your study and will include a structured abstract for placement on the Board’s page on the RCGP website.

We request that all recipients of our grants acknowledge the SFB in publications and presentations of work that we have funded. Grant holders are expected to notify and provide copies of research papers prior to publication (confidentiality and embargoes are maintained). 

Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowship

This joint fellowship scheme offered by Marie Curie and RCGP Scientific Foundation Board has the aim of bringing palliative and end of life care more to the forefront of primary care research. The fellowship programme hopes to identify and support a future leader in primary care research related to palliative and end of life care.

For more information contact us by email at or telephone 020 3188 7594.

The call for applications is now closed.

General information about funding

  • The Board does not fund audit projects or guideline developments.
  • The Board will award grants to people who are not members of RCGP.
  • Members of any primary care discipline are able to apply for the Annual grants and for Marie Curie Fellowship .
  • Priority will be given to short term projects which will normally last up to 18 months.
  • The Board will not generally fund time for individuals who are already in receipt of funding for research from another source, but may consider a request for protected time for an individual working in a research practice which was in receipt of R&D support funding.

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