The NIHR-MEC Clinical lectureship scheme supports those in the early stages of their post-doctoral career who wish to establish themselves as independent practitioner academic researchers.

The scheme is part of the Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides research training awards for healthcare professionals. These grants support individuals who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and professional development.

The NIHR-MEC Clinical lectureship scheme covers up to 60% of the awardee’s total salary, the costs of the approved research project and the cost of a personal training and development programme, which includes clinical development, conference attendance and an overseas research visit. 

Award holders can split their lectureship time between professional practice and research activities. It is possible to spend between 40-60% of the time on research activities. 

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Our remit

  • Applications for a joint partnership fellowship must fall within both the charity’s and NIHR’s funding remits.
  • Moorfields Eye Charity is interested in funding research in eye health, vision research, ophthalmic related service improvement, education or clinical practice.

About you

  • Applicants will normally be hosted by either the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust or its main academic partner University College London.
  • If you are hosted by another eligible institution you must demonstrate a direct collaboration with and benefit to Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which will normally include spending a portion of your time at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust or the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
  • Applicants must hold registration with one of ICA programme approved regulatory bodies (see a list in the useful resources below).

Applying for our joint lectureship

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The application process for NIHR-MEC partnership lectureships is the same as for standard NIHR lectureships and successful applicants will become members of the NIHR Academy in the same way as successful applicants to their standard lectureships. This is in addition to any additional benefits that come from being funded by the partner charity.

We would encourage all applicants interested in applying for an NIHR Charity Partnership Lectureship to contact the NIHR Academy in the first instance to discuss their application and answer any questions. Applicants should take note of the specific eligibility criteria for Moorfields Eye Charity; as well as the standard NIHR Lectureship eligibility requirements.

Application deadlines and decision timelines

Potential applicants are strongly advised to regularly check the relevant sections of the NIHR website to ensure they are working to the correct deadlines and application process.

Current funding round: Round 7

  • Opens: 8 April 2021
  • Closes: 13.00 on 15 June 2021
  • Interviews: 8 and 9 December 2021

Clinical lectureships are available to start between 1 April 2022 and 1 September 2022.

Eligibility

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Your research

  • For post-doctoral awards, early translational (experimental medicine) research will be within remit, but a clear and plausible path to patient /​service user, carer or public benefit must be demonstrated.
  • NIHR does not support basic research or work involving animals or their tissue.
  • If your work involves biomarkers, it must test whether application of new knowledge can improve treatment or patient outcomes (with obvious direct potential benefit to patients). This might include application of known biomarkers, or other prognostic factors, to refine and test novel therapeutic strategies. Research that aims only to elucidate mechanisms underpinning disease, or identify risk factors for disease or prognosis (including search for biomarkers) is out of remit.
  • The NIHR also supports high quality research into medical education (defined broadly as education for healthcare providers) and methodological research. It is expected that the research will have the potential to have practical application and the potential impact on patients/​service users, carers and the public must be made clear.

About you

  • Applicants will normally be hosted by either the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust or its main academic partner University College London.
  • If you are hosted by another eligible institution (please refer to NIHR Academy guidance) a direct collaboration with and benefit to Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust must be demonstrated to be eligible for this funding programme. This will normally include the candidate spending a portion of their time at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust or UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

You must also:

  • Hold registration with one of the ICA programme approved regulatory bodies (see a list in the useful resources below) or have plans to hold the registration by the proposed start date.
  • Have at least one year’s experience of practice in the health or care profession for which you hold the required registration.
  • Have a relevant PhD (research doctorate) or have submitted your thesis by the application deadline (15 June 2021). If your doctorate has not yet been awarded you must have it awarded and have provided official evidence of this to the NIHR Academy by 15 September 2021.

How much can I apply for?

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NIHR-MEC Clinical Lectureships are individual training awards which will offer funding to cover up to 60% of salary costs, costs of the approved research project and the costs of a personal training and development programme.

The scope of funding on these fellowships follows NIHR rules and therefore applicants are advised to contact the NIHR Academy if they have any questions regarding what they can apply for.

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Applications are submitted and processed through the NIHR Academy grant application portal.

Before you begin

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Please ensure you have read the following:

All queries about the application process should be directed to the NIHR Academy.

Email: academy-awards@nihr.ac.uk
Phone: 0113 532 8410

Got a research idea and not sure how to turn it into a funding application? Talk to the Research Design Service (RDS).

Useful resources for applicants