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1 NIHR Trainees Meeting Leeds 20 th September 2011 Peter Dukes Head, Research Career Awards, MRC

2 Clinical Research Fellows Fellowships –The person –The project –The place Grants –The project / programme –The people –The 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 future -Vision -Synergy between clinical & research training Development through excellent research –Intellectually demanding project –Using advanced methods, skills & technologies Development in an excellent environment –Committed, professional supervision –Depth & breadth of research excellence –Access to essential research facilities & resources –Engagement in research translation –Inspirational leadership & mentorship

4 Applying for Your Fellowship 1.Plan your options Supervisor / Institution / Project focus / Fellowship 2.Identify competition scope, criteria, process & dates 3.Check your eligibility 4.Develop your proposal well ahead 5.Take advice!!! 6.Understand the application forms & guidance= web-based 7.Institutional sign off= critical 8.Submit through web, on CD… 9.Admin check by funder 10.Peer review…

5 Overview: Applying for Your Fellowship 10. Peer review –~3 expert referees assigned. Report & score. –Shortlisting by referees scores –Interviews min Timed 2 or 3 minute presentation Two designated Panel members ask questions Other members then follow They focus on the project & your potential Synergy between clinical & research training –Outcome within 1-2 wks –Reserve list ? –Time out: sort with Deanery

6 Clinician Scientist Fellowship Senior Clinical Fellowship Approx Years post PhD 52 awards (+2x10 Clin Pharm/Path) 10 3 Clinical Research Training Fellowships Clinical Training / CL Clinical Training / ACF Clinical Training / SCL Overview of schemes 1 MRC Research Fellowships for Clinicians

7 University-based MRC post doctoral fellowships – Non-Clinical, Clinical and several Capacity Development fellowships Research Yrs Post PhD Career Development Award Senior Non-Clinical Population Health Scientist Bioinformatics, Biostats, EoH 3yr 4yr 2yr Methodology Research 4yr Clinical RTF Clinician Scientist Senior Clinical Clinical Training PhD

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9 Clinical Research Fellowships Support for clinicians at each stage of their careers Research Training Fellowships Postdoc Training Fellowship for MB/PhD Graduates Intermediate Clinical Fellowships Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science Research training integrated with clinical training Clinical Research Training Fellowships (3-yr PhD) Clinician Scientist Fellowships (4 or 5-yr, postdoc) Senior Clinical Fellowships (5- yr)

10 Great outcomes MRC postdoc Clinical Fellows report More collaborations per award… More instances of further funding… More impact on policy Citation analyses MRC Fellows papers more cited than expected Careers 2x as competitive as norm in gaining grants ~50% progress to academic chairs…

11 Patrick Maxwells RTF class of 91

12 Post-CRTFs: Active as clinicians & researchers 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 Academics (clinical activity) NHS Consultants (research activity)

13 MRC CRTFs help you build your research competence & career Effect on research competence & achievements? 85% responded significantly or very significantly Effect on Career? 94% said significantly or very significantly n = 191

14 Clinical Research Fellowships Outstanding scientists Extraordinary opportunities Great outcomes Competitive! 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 MRC postdoc Clinical Fellows report More collaborations per award… More instances of further funding… More impact on policy Citation analyses MRC Fellows papers more cited than expected Careers 2x as competitive as norm in gaining grants >50% step into chairs…

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17 Research-intensive Clinical Fellowships in the context of the Integrated Academic Training Path (England) ( Data: OSCHR fellowship Survey, March 2009)


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