Clinical Academic Research Partnership

Applications open: 2 April 2019 to 18 June 2019

The Clinical Academic Research Partnership (CARP) scheme is managed by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and part funded by the NIHR.

The scheme pilots a new mechanism for NHS consultants with a PhD or MD (or equivalent higher research degree) who are not currently research active to participate in collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical researchers.

Apply on the MRC website.

Are you eligible?


  • should be working at consultant-level in an NHS trust with evidence of clinical academic research excellence (for example, a NIHR BRC or equivalent).
  • must hold a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree, such as a DPhil or MD).
  • should not be undertaking any substantive research activity in their current posts.
  • must identify a research partner who has significant research funding for the duration of the partnership in their applications.

There is no eligibility criterion for how long ago the applicant obtained their PhD.

Key dates

Round 1:

  • Opens: 30 November 2018
  • Submission deadline: 12 March 2019
  • Panel meeting: April 2019 (date tbc)
  • Take up of awards expected: May - October 2019

Round 2:

  • Opens: 2 April 2019
  • submission deadline: 18 June 2019
  • panel meeting: August 2019
  • award take up: September 2019-February 2020


For Further Information and to apply visit the MRC website.