ICA 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. 

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

Personal awards (Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships, Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships, Clinical Lectureships and Senior Clinical Lectureships) are made following annual competitions. 


ICA Scheme Competitions: next anticipated launches

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship: February 2019

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship: March 2019

Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship: March 2019

Please note - these dates may be subject to change.  Please refer to these web pages for the most up to date competition information.

The application process for the Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship competitions is now 2-stage and uses an adapted version of the NIHR Standard Application Forms (SAF).

Please see the NIHR General Information on Training Programmes for further information.  


Enquiries and mailing list

These web pages, 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:

Email:  academy-awards@nihr.ac.uk          Tel: 0113 532 8401


Current and Previous Award Holders

Please follow the link for more information concerning Training Programmes managed by the NIHR Academy and Current and Previous Award Holders.


HEE/NIHR ICA 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: