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New initiative supports nurses and midwives to become research leaders


The Nursing and Midwifery Incubator, launched today (25 October 2019), aims to accelerate and support the development of nurses and midwives looking to develop a career leading research.

Driven by the nursing and midwifery community, the Incubator will look to provide additional activities which will complement current NIHR and Health Education England (HEE) investment in this area with the aim of increasing the number of nurses and midwives developing a career leading research. The work of the Incubator will develop over the coming months and will include additional resources and guidance to help nurses and midwives make the most of the opportunities available for developing a research career.

A virtual community platform has information and resources, a noticeboard for developments and opportunities, and a forum for discussion and collaboration.

Nurses and midwives looking to develop a clinical academic career and those already on a clinical academic career pathway, including those funded through NIHR and HEE, can find out more about the activities and work of the Incubator by following the link below.

The Incubator has the support of HEE, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). 

The NIHR Academy is supporting the development of a number of Incubators to help develop research capacity in key strategic areas. Incubators will encourage early career interest in targeted disciplines to build identifiable communities through networking and provision of bespoke training support.

Pete Thompson, Director of Programmes and Impact, NIHR Academy, said:

“I am delighted this Incubator has launched and hope nurses and midwives will be encouraged to access existing funding opportunities offered by NIHR Academy.”

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