Presentation on theme: "NIHR Trainees’ Meeting"— Presentation transcript:
1 NIHR Trainees’ Meeting Leeds 20th September 2011Peter DukesHead, Research Career Awards, MRC
2 Clinical Research Fellows FellowshipsThe personThe projectThe ‘place’GrantsThe project / programmeThe peopleThe ‘place (s)’“The thing I enjoy so much is that my work has direct application to people…”MRC/Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist
3 MRC Clinical Research Fellows Potential research leaders of the futureVisionSynergy between clinical & research trainingDevelopment through excellent researchIntellectually demanding projectUsing advanced methods, skills & technologiesDevelopment in an excellent environmentCommitted, professional supervisionDepth & breadth of research excellenceAccess to essential research facilities & resourcesEngagement in research translationInspirational leadership & mentorshipMRC postdoc Clinical Fellows reportMore collaborations per award than other MRC Fellows and grant holdersMore instances of further funding…More impact on policy…Senior Clinical Fellows:Progression: Of 24 Senior Clinical Fellows whose fellowships terminated in46% (11) had applied for major MRC grants.50% of the 20 applications made by the 11 fellows were awardedComparator: Award rates for standard 5-yr grants = ~33%Citations of MRC postdoc Clinical Fellows’ papers7% of their papers are cited 8x more than ‘expected’5% of their papers are uncited, compared to >15% of all UK medical/health/clinical papersPatrick Maxwell’s RTF class of ’91Of the 61 individuals who could be tracked, 29 (44%) are Professors, including 11 (17%) Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FmedSci), and 4 (6%) have become senior leaders in industry. (Percentages are calculated from the total cohort number of 65).
4 Applying for Your Fellowship Plan your optionsSupervisor / Institution / Project focus / FellowshipIdentify competition scope, criteria, process & datesCheck your eligibilityDevelop your proposal well aheadTake advice!!!Understand the application forms & guidance= web-basedInstitutional sign off= criticalSubmit through web, on CD…Admin check by funderPeer review…
5 Overview: Applying for Your Fellowship 10. Peer review~3 expert referees assigned. Report & score.Shortlisting by referees’ scoresInterviews minTimed 2 or 3 minute presentationTwo designated Panel members ask questionsOther members then followThey focus on the project & your potentialSynergy between clinical & research trainingOutcome within 1-2 wksReserve list ?Time out: sort with Deanery
6 Senior Clinical Fellowship Overview of schemes 1 MRC Research Fellowships for Clinicians3Senior Clinical FellowshipClinical Training / SCL10Clinician Scientist Fellowship52 awards (+2x10 Clin Pharm/Path)Clinical Training / CLThese are the CURRENT CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP schemesTargeted to key points in the “career life-cycle”Clinicians will move in and out of the pathway, so as to balance clinical and research trainingMRC not cradle to graveMRC has INCREASED provision for clinical training:Also: Population Health Scientist Fellowships, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Methodology (not shown)Issues highlighted by Training & Careers GroupPull in, pull through, pull across…Need better MRC support for MRC trainees, especially at vulnerable CRTF CSF break during clinical training [Wellcome has £5m initiative targeted at the “break” population] supporting the CRTF-CSF gap]Clinical Research Training FellowshipsClinical Training / ACFApprox Years post PhD-3-2-1123456789
7 University-based MRC post doctoral fellowships – Non-Clinical, Clinical and several Capacity Development fellowshipsSenior Non-ClinicalCareer Development AwardPhDResearch Yrs Post PhD-1123456789101112Clinical TrainingClinical RTFClinical TrainingClinician ScientistNON-CLINICAL – above the boxed line (note, no immediate postdoc non-clinical fellowships)CLINICAL -Senior ClinicalPopulation Health ScientistBioinformatics, Biostats, EoH 3yr yr yrMethodology Research 4yr
9 Clinical Research Fellowships Support for clinicians at each stage of their careersResearch Training FellowshipsPostdoc Training Fellowship for MB/PhD GraduatesIntermediate Clinical FellowshipsSenior Research Fellowships in Clinical ScienceResearch training integrated with clinical trainingClinical Research Training Fellowships (3-yr PhD)Clinician Scientist Fellowships (4 or 5-yr, postdoc)Senior Clinical Fellowships (5-yr)
10 Great outcomes Great outcomes MRC postdoc Clinical Fellows report More collaborations per award…More instances of further funding…More impact on policyCitation analysesMRC Fellows’ papers more cited than ‘expected’Careers2x as competitive as “norm” in gaining grants~50% progress to academic chairs…
11 Patrick Maxwell’s RTF class of ‘91 Of the 61 individuals who could be tracked, 29 (44%) are Professors, including 11 (17%) Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FmedSci), and 4 (6%) have become senior leaders in industry.Percentages are calculated from the total cohort number of 65.Note that in 1991 in contrast to today the Clinical Training Fellowship competition was also open to non-clinicians and that 16 out of the 55 awards were non-clinical (see Appendix 1 for details).This data, although on a relatively small scale and qualitative, demonstrates that an impressive proportion of early clinical fellowship awardees developed into established (clinical) research leaders.
12 Post-CRTFs: Active as clinicians & researchers Academics (clinical activity)NHS Consultants (research activity)88% of post-CRTFs in academic posts are clinically active; 65% spending >25% of time on clinical activities. Most direct or lead research~80% of post-CRTFs in fully clinical posts are research active, spending <25% of time on research. Most contribute to research led by others
13 MRC CRTFs help you build your research competence & career Effect on research competence & achievements? 85% responded significantly or very significantlyEffect on Career? 94% said significantly or very significantly
14 Clinical Research Fellowships Outstanding scientistsExtraordinary opportunitiesGreat outcomesCompetitive!“The thing I enjoy so much is that my work has direct application to people…”MRC/Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist
15 Great outcomes Great outcomes MRC postdoc Clinical Fellows report More collaborations per award…More instances of further funding…More impact on policyCitation analysesMRC Fellows’ papers more cited than ‘expected’Careers2x as competitive as “norm” in gaining grants>50% step into chairs…
17 Research-intensive Clinical Fellowships in the context of the Integrated Academic Training Path (England) (Data: OSCHR fellowship Survey, March 2009)This slide shows data collected from 12 funders as part of the OSCHR partners survey of clinical fellowships (March 2009).Full report available on the MRC website.MRC (plum colour) funds about one-third of CRTFs in England (and UK, although this slide = England).NIHR has created both a pool of pre-doctoral ACFs, across with the intention of (i) broadening the participation in research training of a medical specialties and locations that have not had a strong history of research engagement; and (ii) enhancing the competitiveness of talented individuals for an MRC, WT, BHF or other CRTF.NIHR has also invested with HEFC in additional Clinical Lectureships (50% research time, but without research expenses) to help sustain post-doctoral research interest.The funders are developing a project to track over time a cohort of trainees, including ACFs, to identify what works in promoting research careers, the impact of the funders’ investments in clinical research training and what determines peoples’ career choices as the move along the IATP.