Academic GPs and health services researchers

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. 

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


  • Three years


  • 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 to

  • A short CV, maximum 10 pages 
  • The 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

Closing date

  • Monday 2 December 2019

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