Training Opportunities

The Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, in collaboration with the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England, are running on-site drop-in sessions on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), which is now expected to be integrated into all NIHR funded research. These surgeries will be for support and advice on PPI at all stages of a research proposal, from an idea, to a final grant application and then throughout your project.

During these sessions, our representatives will be able to explain the basics of PPI, offer advice on incorporating PPI into your work, signpost valuable resources and help improve the quality of your research by adding a vital public element. 20 minute sessions will be run on-site at CUH at bi-monthly intervals with slots allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available to all staff working across the CUH campus.

To find out future dates contact ppi@addenbrookes.nhs.uk or call CUH PPI Coordinator Anna Ellis on 01223 254620.

NIHR Infrastructure Doctoral Training Exchange Scheme (IDTE) Round 2

The Infrastructure Doctoral Training Exchange (IDTE) Scheme was launched in 2013 and allows doctoral trainees supported by NIHR to spend time in other parts of the infrastructure to network, train in a specific technique or collaborate with other researchers/specialists in their topic area. The scheme is specifically designed to optimise and enhance the trainees’ experience of undertaking a PhD/MD as well as their CVs.

The guidance notes and the application form for the scheme can be found here: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-faculty/infrastructure-doctoral-training-exchange-scheme.htm.

The training lead should submit the application on behalf of the trainee to: IDTE@nihr.ac.uk<mailto:IDTE@nihr.ac.uk by 1pm on 18th March. There is a maximum of 3 applications that can be made per infrastructural organisation.

Patient and Public Involvement in Research Workshop

The Cambridge BRC Training theme is providing a workshop on Patient and Public Involvement in research design.

This is an area increasingly emphasised in grant applications. All PIs and trainees welcome. 

PPI experts Dr Doreen Tembo, Mr Andrew Sharpe and Mrs Justine Hill will discuss how to include patients and the public in research study design and grant applications.

Thursday 22 January 2015  9am-1pm Seminar Room 8, School of Clinical Medicine   

Please register your interest on CATO@medschl.cam.ac.uk. See PPI Poster for more information.

MPhil in Clinical Science (Rare Diseases)

The objective of the programme is to equip students with a strong foundation in the fundamental techniques of translational research in rare diseases. This course is part of a new family of themed MPhils in Clincial Science and the taught elements are one of the key elements in a novel interdisciplinary programme designed to attract the brightest candidates at several levels of seniority, ranging from those simply seeking postgraduate diploma or masters training in this, from MB/PhD students to Clinical PhDs and Clinical Lecturers.

Application deadline for entry in October 2016 is the 30th June

Full details about the course, how to apply and the modules are available here.

NIHR Cambridge BRC Fellowships

National NIHR Fellowships

NIHR Fellowships support outstanding individuals to become the health research leaders of the future. Please see national website for application details and current deadlines.

Five levels of NIHR Fellowship award are available:

The Doctoral Research Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to undertake a PhD and is aimed at individuals of outstanding potential early in their research careers. Applicants are expected to propose an individual PhD research project and a customised research training programme within an environment that reflects their individual talents and training needs. It is anticipated that successful applicants will become independent research leaders within 6 to 10 years of completing the fellowship.

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who are able to demonstrate their potential as researchers but do not, as yet, have sufficient experience to be fully independent. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research, where applicable. Applicants will have obtained their research doctorate or submitted their PhD or MD thesis for examination, but must not have more than 3 years WTE post-doctoral experience at the time of applying.

The Career Development Fellowship - offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to individuals who have significant and successful post-doctoral experience. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and success in the form of significant outputs from doctoral and post-doctoral research. It is expected that successful applicants will have the potential to become fully independent researchers on completion of the fellowship. Applicants will not have more than 7 years WTE post-doctoral experience at the time of applying.

The Senior Research Fellowship - offers 5 years funding to undertake a programme of research and is aimed at outstanding individuals who are currently independent researchers and can demonstrate the potential to become academic and research leaders within the duration of an award. A fellowship is expected to enhance existing career opportunities for successful applicants and others in health related research, and to support the development of collaborative partnerships within and between HEIs and the NHS in response to identified health needs.

NEW - The Transitional Research Fellowship - offers between 18 and 24 months funding to undertake focussed training and development in order to develop specific skills that will enable a transition from basic research into clinical research or from clinical research into translational research. A Transitional Research Fellowship should enable successful applicants to better access wider NIHR funding opportunities in the future.

NIHR Infrastructure Doctoral Training Exchange Scheme

The scheme allows doctoral trainees supported by the NIHR to spend time in other parts of the NIHR infrastructure to network, train in a specific technique or collaborate with other researchers/specialists in their topic area. The placement will be funded by small awards (up to £5,000 per individual) through a centrally run competition.