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.

The call is open throughout the year.

Applications for PAGs will be reviewed quarterly according to the following calendar:

  • Quarter 1: deadline for submissions 28 February 2019, applications reviewed by 31 March 2019
  • Quarter 2: deadline for submissions 31 May 2019, applications reviewed by 30 June 2019
  • Quarter 3: deadline for submissions 31 August 2019, applications reviewed by 30 September 2019
  • Quarter 4: deadline for submissions 30 November 2019, applications reviewed by 31 December 2019

A maximum of three applications per quarter will be funded.

For eligibility and guidance please see documents below:

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

SFB Annual Research Grants

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.

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

For eligibility and guidance please see documents below:

Deadline for applications has now closed. This will open again in 2020. 

For more information contact us by email at SFB@rcgp.org.ukor telephone 020 3188 7594.

Interim and final Reports

Grant holders are required to submit an annual report by 30 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). 

Recruitment of academic GPs and health services researchers for RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

The 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. 

The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) is looking to recruit new members (academic GPs and health services researchers) to join the Board in 2020.

Closing date: 2 December 2019

Baseline time commitment 

  • Review of annual grant applications of up to £30,000 between August and September, and attendance at annual SFB meeting.
  • Quarterly review of grant applications as directed by the SFB Chair, throughout the year.

Standard tenure is three years.

Reimbursement 

  • Travel and other related expenses for attendance at the SFB annual meeting
The SFB selects successful grant holders through assessment of applications against set criteria.

The responsibilities as a member of the SFB are:
  • To assess the submitted applications using pre-defined criteria.
  • To contribute to awarding grants up to £30,000 annually through attending the grant awards committee each Autumn (usually November).
  • To contribute to awarding grants up to £2,000 quarterly through assessing applications on an ad hoc basis. 
  • To support the review of research grant applications for research that the RCGP may participate in or endorse.
  • To read materials circulated by the Programme Officer and provide comments via email if appropriate.
  • To promote the SFB through relevant communication channels. 
SFB members are selected against the following criteria:
  • Experience of applying for external research project funding. 
  • In receipt of external funding for projects as lead or co-applicant. 
  • Has managed externally funded projects.
  • Experience of refereeing applications for research project funding, for example bursary, grant or other award schemes to support primary care research. 
  • Experience of reviewing research papers. 
  • Understanding of current NHS Primary Care Research and Development issues, for example has membership of research related organisation or group like CRN, local, regional or national R&D committees.
  • Has published papers in peer reviewed journals.

How to apply

Please apply by submitting your application by email only to SFB@rcgp.org.uk and include:

  • A short CV, maximum 10 pages
  • Names of two referees
  • A covering letter, maximum 2 sides of A4, highlighting your suitability for the role. In particular we would like to know:

Your reasons for applying

  • Previous experience on grant awarding bodies 
  • Your own research experience and your methodological expertise 
  • How you meet the selection criteria above

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 SFB@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7594.

Call for applications are 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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