Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) Support Grant - Barts Charity

Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) Support Grant

Our Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) Support Grants provide funding for research projects for NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London. 

Level of funding

up to £7,000

Duration of funding

up to 12 months

Academic Clinical Fellowship Support Grant Information

Lead applicant

For the duration of the award, you must have:

  • A National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.


Your supervisor must be employed by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London for the duration of the grant. The supervisor will act as sponsor for the grant, if successful, and is responsible for the administration of the award. 

This is a pump-priming funding scheme, supporting clinical researchers at an early stage in their careers to:

  • Carry out proof-of-concept studies or collect pilot data for a larger grant application.
  • Gain experience of grant-writing and managing grants.
  • Strengthen their CV for future grant and fellowship applications.
  • Build confidence as researchers.

This scheme provides up to £7,000 to support a NIHR ACF’s research project. The following costs may be requested:

  • Materials and related consumables.
  • A contribution towards the cost of conference attendance.
  • Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE).

Please see our Grants Costs Policy for more details.

Salary, equipment, travel or training costs are not covered by this scheme. 

Application and assessment process

We recommend that you discuss the application with your supervisor and speciality academic lead before applying.

The application must be costed and agreed by the Joint Research Management Office (JRMO). Please contact the JRMO well in advance of the submission date to allow enough time to provide your costing.

Please complete the online application form. Remember to save your application often and attach all the necessary documents before submission.

When you complete your application form it will be sent to your research management office. They must review and approve your application in order to complete the submission to the charity.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the day of the deadline.

Our Funding & Impact team will check that your application is eligible for this scheme. We’ll be in touch if we have any questions.

Funding decisions are taken by our Funding and Impact team. We’ll aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 8 weeks of the deadline.

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Our Funding and Impact team are here to work with you and can offer advice and support. We encourage you to contact us in advance if you have any queries. Do get in touch if we can support you in the application process by applying reasonable adjustments. All requests will be treated in confidence.

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