Our partnerships

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Academy

The NIHR Academy is responsible for development and coordination of NIHR academic training, career development and research capacity development.

The NIHR Academy plays a pivotal role in attracting, training and supporting the best health and care researchers to tackle the complex challenges of the future and complements the additional NIHR investment in world-class research facilities and a skilled research workforce.

NIHR Training Programmes provide a range of awards:

Personal Awards, a range of personal career development awards for all professions:

Integrated Pathways, academic career pathways for clinical professions, including doctors, nurses, and Allied Health Professionals:

For further information and resources from the NIHR, see the links below:

Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC)

Imperial College AHSC is a partnership between The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

The AHSC’s vision is to reduce the burden of human disease by accelerating the translation of basic science discoveries into patient and population health benefit. By aligning the partners’ expertise, the AHSC aims to deliver (inter-) nationally leading infrastructure and programmes in health research, education and clinical care.

The AHSC develops and delivers a range of professional development programmes and opportunities. Information about AHSC Education and Research services can be found here

 Alignment of the partners’ activities for developing the next generation of healthcare professional research leaders is overseen by the AHSC Education Committee and supported by the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO), the AHSC’s pan-professional clinical academic training hub.

Healthcare staff from The Royal Marsden, Imperial Healthcare and Royal Brompton NHS hospitals have completed the Starting Out Programme at Imperial, which aims to support them into research.

Discover more on the Imperial College NHS Trust website

RM Partners

RM Partners, the West London Cancer Alliance, is hosted by The Royal Marsden. RM Partners has been tasked with radically restructuring the cancer care systems across west London to transform the model of care and improve outcomes and experience for our patients. RM Partners work with a range of healthcare organisations across Northwest and Southwest London to lead on the delivery of the recommendations in the NHS National Cancer Strategy.

The pan-London research strategy focuses on areas of unmet need directly linked to new models of care initiated by the Cancer Alliances in London. There are four main workstreams: early diagnosis and detection, living with and beyond cancer, cancer in older people, and applications of big data

RM Partners manages the Pan London Cancer Research Fellowships. These Fellowships are an exciting opportunity for medical and non-medical research fellows to undertake a patient-based and clinically relevant research project. These fellowships have London-based support from Biomedical Research Centres, RM Partners, UCLH Cancer Collaborative, and South East London Cancer Alliance.


The Research Design Service (RDS) is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). They offer a free service that supports clinicians, health and social care professionals and academics to develop research proposals and grant applications. In September 2020, we collaborated with RDS London to pilot the Steps to Fellowship Success Programme which is co-delivered by us, the Institute of Cancer Research, London and RDS London.