NIHR/HEE Clinical Academic Training Programme for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals

The Programme

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Education England (HEE) Clinical Academic Training (CAT) Programme provides personal research training awards for non-medics who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development. Previously, these awards have only been available to registered nurses, midwives and to the registered members of 14 specific allied health professions, but from 2015, these awards will be available to many more registered non-medical health professionals.

Four levels of award are available, each requiring the support of clinical and academic host organisations, which together form a career pathway for aspiring and developing non-medical clinical academics:

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral award holders are also eligible for CAT Programme-funded mentorship support: 

Information about previous CAT Programme competitions

Public minutes from Round 4 competition

Current and previous award holders

Expert Review Panel

We continue to seek expressions of interest (EoI) from prospective members to join the current NIHR/HEE CAT Programme Review Panel. Please see the documents below for details and an EOI form:

Enquiries and mailing list

These webpages and the detailed Guidance Notes published to accompany each individual scheme should be consulted in the first instance, but please do not hesitate to contact us at with any outstanding enquiries. To receive news about the CAT Programme please email the address above to be added to our mailing list. 

Interviews with Award Holders 

Please use the link below to see interviews with some CAT Trainees who attended a recent NIHR Trainee Meeting:


Below is a video from NHS Careers link highlighting Clinical Academic Training.