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Pre-Application Support Fund - Round 3


29 May 2024


01 August 2024

Supporting Information

The Pre-Application Support Fund provides extra support to those who need it, to enhance their chances of making a successful application to an NIHR career development scheme in the future.

Through providing additional funding, the Pre-Application Support Fund aims to enhance the opportunities available to those that otherwise would not have sufficient support to apply for NIHR career development funding.

Applicants can request:

  • a contribution to the salary of the applicant to buy out the necessary time to prepare an application
  • relevant training and development, mentorship or supervisory costs specifically associated with developing an application
  • other costs where the additional support required to submit an application extends beyond the categories outlined above

Applicants should clearly demonstrate why extra support is needed and how the pre-application support fund will help enhance their planned application.

Who can apply?

The fund is for individuals who require additional support to prepare a competitive application.

Through the scheme we aim to make a positive impact on groups and professions identified as underrepresented within NIHR. As a result, we particularly encourage applications from:

  • regulated health and care professionals (nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and healthcare scientists)
  • social work and public health professionals
  • researchers in methodology
  • applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • applicants who are disabled

Award length

Funding can be requested for up to 12 months.

Please read the guidance notes carefully before applying.