NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Programme

The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship is currently under review and there is no planned round in 2018

As part of the NIHR Strategic Review of Training, we are currently reviewing the awards we manage. The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship (KMRF) is one of the awards under review and we are not planning a new round in 2018.

Owing to the upcoming new competition for NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and the fact KMRFs link closely to the work of CLAHRCs, there won’t be a KMRF competition launched in July 2018. NIHR will be announcing later in the year what format future KMRF competitions will take, once the new process for the CLAHRC competition has been announced. In the interim, recognising that Knowledge Mobilisation research remains an important area for NIHR, the Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships which launch in October 2018 will include Knowledge Mobilisation research as a Strategic Theme. However unlike with KMRFs which include a mixture of knowledge mobilisation and KM research activities, the Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships will focus just on KM research.


The Programme

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMRF) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

In order to support partnership working between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded healthcare bodies (NHS organisations or other publicly funded organisations providing health or social care services, for example social enterprises or local authorities), applications must be supported by organisations from both of these different sectors.

KMR Fellowships are personal awards designed to buy out an individual’s salary costs, support the development of innovative knowledge mobilisation activity, and provide the resources necessary to undertake a research investigation of that knowledge mobilisation.

Because applications are welcomed from individuals currently working in either healthcare or academic organisations, the experience and competencies expected of the applicant are dependent on their background.

Further details, including full eligibility criteria, can be found in the relevant guidance notes for applicants. All applicants must have ensured that their proposed research project is compatible with the published NIHR remit.


Review Panel Information

Applications to the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme are assessed by an expert review panel, who interview shortlisted candidates before making their recommendations for funding.

Previous Competitions

Round 5:

23 applications were made to Round 5 of the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 5 fellowships were awarded as a result.

Round 5 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes 

Round 4:

10 applications were made to Round 4 of NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 5 fellowships were awarded as a result. 

Round 4 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes

Round 3:

10 applications were made to Round 3 of the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 3 fellowships were awarded as a result.

Round 3 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes

Round 2:

15 applications were made to Round 2 of the NIHR KMR Fellowship Scheme, and 5 fellowships were awarded as a result.

Round 2 KMR Fellowship Public Minutes 

Contact Us

The NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Scheme is managed by the NIHR Academy Personal Awards Team. The team can be contacted by telephone on 0113 346 6268 or by email at

Information for new Members

A Member Information Pack is available for new and current members with awards managed by the NIHR Academy. The available documents, leaflets, links and contact details for NIHR Academy Programme Managers are designed to assist members throughout the duration of their award and career progression. 


Being an NIHR KMR Fellow: Vicky's story

Being an NIHR KMR Fellow: Joe's story

Being an NIHR KMR Fellow: Janet's story