Clinical Academic Training Programme Award

About this scheme

Key information

Research area
All research areas
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
5 years (5 annual cohorts)
Funding amount
Costs for cohorts of up to 10 students
Our Clinical Academic Training Programme will support Centres and higher education institutions to develop integrated clinical academic training programmes.

Training early-career clinician scientists is important to us. We want to support the next generation of clinical academic leaders and nurture our clinician scientist community, who form a vital link between research and clinical practice.

Currently we support clinical academic training through a training account to CRUK Centres. We’re changing this to a Clinical Academic Training Programme Award which will support Centres and higher education institutions (HEIs) to develop integrated training programmes.


Applications should normally be from a single UK academic institution; however, we may consider applications from multi-institution consortia within the UK, subject to prior discussion and approval.

At least one institution in the applicant team must be a CRUK Centre. The Lead Applicant should be a CRUK Centre Director.

You can request funding for

  • up to 5 Clinical Research Training Fellowships (CRTFs) per year, and/or
  • up to 5 MB-PhDs per year.

Funding can cover:

  • Doctoral studentships (fees, stipend, running expenses, clinical tuition fees at medical schools for MB-PhDs)
  • Costs of other qualifications
  • Costs of clinical training support activities

How to apply to this scheme

Application process overview

There are three stages to the application process:

  1. Discussion: contact our Research Careers Team for an informal and confidential discussion of the suitability of your programme proposal and to receive guidance around the application process.
  2. Application: if your programme is suitable, you will be able to open a formal application form in our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS).
  3. Interview: you will be invited to present to the Review Panel on 7 or 8 March 2019. The Panel will consider your application and the interview before making funding recommendations to our Scientific Executive Board.

Before you begin your application

You must read:

The Panel will judge your application on:

  • Programme vision
  • Quality of research training offered
  • Excellence of people and environment
  • Strategic importance

Applications will be reviewed by the Clinical Academic Training Programme Panel and final decisions will be made by our Scientific Executive Board.

Chair of the Clinical Academic Training Programme Panel

  • Prof David Tuveson – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Members of the Clinical Academic Training Programme Panel

  • Dr Samuel Bakhoum – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Prof Ed Harlow – Harvard Medical School
  • Dr Sara Marshall – Wellcome Trust
  • Dr Ultan McDermott – AstraZeneca
  • Dr Sheila Singh – McMaster University
  • Professor Sir Keith Peters - Francis Crick Institute 
  • Prof Charles Swanton – Francis Crick Institute (Observer)
  • Prof Karen Vousden – Francis Crick Institute (Observer)

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