A qualitative review focusing on gender inequalities in clinical academic careers


We are inviting parties to tender proposals for the following research study:

Understanding the attractiveness of and attrition in clinical academic careers for doctors and dentists across the UK – a qualitative and systematic review focusing on gender inequalities.



Developing sustainable clinical academic careers is a key priority for research funders in the UK. Attractive and accessible pathways are essential to increase capacity, however recruitment and retention is often problematic.

For example, women are under-represented at all levels in academic medicine, a situation which worsens as roles become more senior.

Several interventions have been introduced over the years by all funders with some degree of success. However we do not fully understand all the factors that influence career progression and decision making in the context of academic careers. Furthermore the current evidence base is limited, particularly as attitudes to work and careers have changed over time.

The proposed project should inform improvements for clinical academic pathways across the UK. It is anticipated that this will form the basis of recommendations which could inform a potential action plan and should add to understanding of the reasons behind the trends observed in the 2017 UK-wide Survey of Clinical and Health Research Fellowships.


How to apply

Please see the Invitation to Tender document (PDF) which provides full details of the call and how to apply.

We are looking to fund one or more studies up to a total budget of £175K.

All enquiries about this initiative should be directed by email in the first instance to academy.programmes@nihr.ac.uk.

The deadline for submissions is 12pm, 4th March 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Tenders will be assessed by a Cross-funder peer-review panel specifically convened to consider applications chaired by Professor Jane Norman (University of Edinburgh).


Who is supporting this invitation?

This research is being funded by six organisations: