HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICA)

The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides personal research training awards for healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development.

Applicants must belong to one of the eligible professions.

Five levels of award are available, each requiring the support of clinical and academic host organisations, which together form a career pathway for aspiring and developing non-medical clinical academics:

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral award holders are also eligible for ICA Programme-funded mentorship support through the ICA Mentorship scheme.

The ICA Programme also funds ICA Bridging Schemes to support  members of the ICA eligible professions who wish to build on their previous academic training and to develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral awards, and take the next step on their clinical academic pathway.

The ICA Personal research training awards are managed by the NIHR Academy (academy-awards@nihr.ac.uk).  The ICA Internships and Bridging awards which are managed by HEE's Local Teams 


ICA Scheme Competition Dates

It is anticipated that the next calls for applications to the ICA Scheme personal award competitions will be published as follows:

  • Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship: February 2020
  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship: March 2020
  • Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship: March 2020

These dates may be subject to change.  Please refer to these web pages for the most up to date competition information.

For award specific information, please follow the links above.  The Information for Prospective Applicants page provides further information for training award applicants.

Rules on Re-applications

From 2019 onwards, unsuccessful applicants will only be able apply to the same scheme on one further occasion.  This does not include applications to any ICA scheme competitions made before 2019. 

Please note - applications deemed fundable but which fall below the funding cut off will not be counted towards the maximum of 2 application attempts.


For Further Information

Call: 0113 532 8401

Email: Academy-awards@nihr.ac.uk, With the subject ICA


HEE/NIHR ICA Review Panel

Are you interested in joining the ICA Programme Review Panel? We’re seeking expressions of interest from individuals to join the HEE/NIHR ICA Programme Review Panels. To be considered please complete an expression of interest form.