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

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

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. 

Personal awards (Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships, Clinical Lectureships and Senior Clinical Lectureships) are made following annual competitions. Please see the scheme pages for further information (link below).

Our next competitions are scheduled to launch in March 2017.



The next free NIHR Clinical Research Network and Leeds University Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research’ will commence on 6th June.

See below for details


The Programme

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 Applicant Guidance Notes published to accompany the launch of each individual competition, should be consulted in the first instance. Please ensure you are referring to the most up to date applicant guidance notes when completing an application.

If you have further queries, please contact us at:

 E mail: tccawards@nihr.ac.uk               Tel: 0113 346 6268 

Mailing list:  If you would like to receive information pertaining to ICA Programme developments and competitions please e mail tccawards@nihr.ac.uk to be added to our mailing list.


Affiliated Opportunities

New: A free online course of relevance to anyone considering a clinical academic career

The next NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) and Leeds University Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research’ will commence on 6th June.

The course is built around the concept of discovery and the ethical and scientific principles that inform every aspect of the process of developing new treatments in healthcare. Short videos involving different members of research teams, patients and educators, complemented by activities and opportunities for further reading provided the content. The course is designed to provide around 4 hours of learning a week. Over a 4 week period, learners are able to follow the process of scientific discovery from a number of perspectives.

For more information and to sign up please visit the FutureLearn Website 

In addition, NIHR CRN are hosting a TweetChat on the evening of 26th May for any questions that prospective participants may have on the MOOC. For more information please visit the NIHR CRN webpages


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.

Interviews with Award Holders 

Please use the link below to see interviews with some of our award holders who attended a recent NIHR Trainee Meeting:


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

HEE/NIHR ICA Review Panel

The HEE/NIHR ICA Programme has two distinct 'standing' panels:  The CDRF Review Panel and the CL/SCL Review Panel.

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