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NIHR Pre-Application support fund launches

NIHR Pre-Application support fund launches
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The NIHR has just launched a new fund aimed at helping researchers prepare for one of their larger career development funds or fellowships. This is great news for all mental health researchers and definitely worth considering if you don’t feel quite ready for a fellowship application!


The Pre-Application Support Fund launched on 19 September, aimed at increasing the support the body offers for the research career development of those working in fields within health and social care.

The fund will provide:

  • a contribution towards salary to free up time to prepare an application to one of the larger professional development funds or fellowships
  • support for training, development, mentoring, and supervisory costs required for preparation of a larger application
  • other costs not covered by the two categories above but would be incurred while preparing an application.


The Support Fund is open to applicants within England who are hosted by a higher educational institution, the NHS, a social care body or other institution involved in delivering health and social care.  Applicants must also be prepared to prove their eligibility for one of the career development awards on offer by NIHR.


The fund is open for applications now and closes at 1pm on 30 November, check out the NIHR’s website here for more information and to start an application


If you have had a look at our post about the Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship and feel you just need a little more support and time to get an application together – the Pre-Application Support Fund is for you!


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