NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Programme

Round 6 of the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship is now CLOSED.

The Programme

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMRF) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

In order to support partnership working between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded healthcare bodies (NHS organisations or other publicly funded organisations providing health or social care services, for example social enterprises or local authorities), applications must be supported by organisations from both of these different sectors.

KMR Fellowships are personal awards designed to buy out an individual’s salary costs, support the development of innovative knowledge mobilisation activity, and provide the resources necessary to undertake a research investigation of that knowledge mobilisation.

Because applications are welcomed from individuals currently working in either healthcare or academic organisations, the experience and competencies expected of the applicant are dependent on their background.

Further details, including full eligibility criteria, can be found in the relevant guidance notes for applicants. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read these guidance notes before contacting NIHR TCC with queries pertaining to the scheme or their application.

All applicants must ensure that their proposed research project is compatible with the published NIHR remit.

How to Apply

All applications must be completed and submitted via the online application system where application forms and supporting documentation can be found.

Round 6 Deadline: 14 September 2017  |  Shortlisting: November 2017  |  Interviews: 16 January 2018 

Please note that the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre will use an adapted version of the NIHR Standard Application Form (SAF) for training awards. This new version of the application form will now include a two-stage process.  To read more about the new standard application form (SAF) and to view a template of the application form, please visit the General Information on Training Programmes page.

Round 6 closed at 1 pm on Thursday 14 September 2017.   

Guidance for Applicants

Prospective applicants are encouraged, in the first instance, to consult the Guidance Notes for Applicants.

Proposals must be grounded in Knowledge Mobilisation Theory and the KMRF Review Panel recommend that prospective applicants might consider this list of relevant Knowledge Mobilisation literature.

Finally, prospective applicants are encouraged to look up current and previous award holders through our KMR Fellows pages.

Prospective applicants who require further guidance should not hesitate to contact NIHR TCC:

Please DO NOT reply to automatic registration confirmations emails sent from our online application system (TCCi).

Review Panel Information

Applications to the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme are assessed by an expert review panel, who interview shortlisted candidates before making their recommendations for funding.

Previous Competitions

Round 5:

23 applications were made to Round 5 of the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 5 fellowships were awarded as a result.

Round 5 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes 

Round 4:

10 applications were made to Round 4 of NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 5 fellowships were awarded as a result. 

Round 4 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes

Round 3:

10 applications were made to Round 3 of the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 3 fellowships were awarded as a result.

Round 3 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes

Round 2:

15 applications were made to Round 2 of the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 5 fellowships were awarded as a result.

Round 2 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes 

Contact Us

The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Scheme is managed by the NIHR TCC Personal Awards Team. The team can be contacted by telephone on 0113 346 6268 or by email at

Information for new Trainees

A Trainee Information Pack is available for new and current trainees with awards managed by the NIHR Training Coordinating Centre (TCC). The available documents, leaflets, links and contact details for TCC Programme Managers are designed to assist trainees throughout the duration of their award and career progression. 


Being an NIHR KMR Fellow: Vicky's story

Being an NIHR KMR Fellow: Joe's story

Being an NIHR KMR Fellow: Janet's story

KMRF Webinar

We hosted a live one hour webinar about the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship (KMRF) Programme on Thursday 7 July 2016.

This was a webinar for aspiring NIHR KMRF award holders ahead of the launch of Round 5 of the programme.

The webinar was hosted by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC) and covered:

• An overview of Knowledge Mobilisation and the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship Programme
• Eligibility requirements of the programme
• Previous applications
• Things to consider before applying for the award (hints and tips)
• A live Q and A session

The webinar was presented by Grania Fenton, Senior Programme Manager at NIHR TCC, Pete Thompson, Assistant Director at TCC and Ruth Boaden, KMRF Panel Chair and Director, NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester.

The Q&A summary is now available here.

To view the recording click here