ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for non-medical healthcare professions

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme
for non-medical healthcare professions

The Programme

The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides personal research training awards for healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development. Applicants must belong to one of the eligible professions. 

The new ICA Programme is replacing the previous Clinical Academic Training (CAT) and Healthcare Science Research Fellowships programmes.  

Five 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 ICA Programme-funded mentorship support through the ICA Mentorship and Outreach Programme.

To view an overall summary sheet for the programme click here. For a summary sheet on each individual award, click the relevant box below:

 Enquiries and mailing list

 These webpages and the detailed Guidance Notes published to accompany each individual scheme should be consulted in the first instance. Please ensure you are referring to the most up to date guidance notes when completing an application.

 If you have further queries, please contact us at:

 E mail: ICA@nihrtcc.org.uk                 Tel: 0113 346 6260 

Information for current CAT and Healthcare Science Programme Award Holders

Management of awards will continue with the NIHR TCC Personal Awards Team.

Please note the new e mail address: ICA@nihrtcc.org.uk

Information about previous CAT Programme competitions

Public minutes from Round 5 competition

Current and previous award holders

Please follow the link for more information concerning Training Programmes managed by the NIHR Trainees Co-ordinating Centre and Current and Previous Award Holders.

Expert Review Panel

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

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.