Support for clinical researchers

Clinical researchers provide a link between scientific research and clinical practice, helping to get treatments to patients sooner, and make sure that clinical knowledge is fed back to the lab.

Professor Sanjay Popat with Claire Vocat  in the Medical Day Unit at The Royal Marsden

Clinical Academic Forum 

The Clinical Academic Forum is a network open to all clinical researchers with particular usefulness for Academic Clinical Fellows, Clinical Fellows, PhDs, MD(Res), Clinical Lecturers and equivalents. It aims to bring clinical researchers from The Royal Marsden and the ICR clinical researchers together to hear from others at different career stages, share challenges and learn about the support available to this important group of researchers

The Forum provides quarterly meetings and is facilitated by senior clinical academics with support from the BRC.     

Find out more and register for the Clinical Acdemic Forum

Support for Integrated Academic Trainees (IATs)

The NIHR Academy offers two awards through the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme for doctors. 

  • Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) 
  • Clinical Lectureship (CL)

Read the IAT guide here. 

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals should reference the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme. 

Contact the NIHR IAT Leads

Undertaking an MD(Res) or PhD

The ICR offers various funding opportunities for clinical practitioners who wish to carry out a research project. 

The ICR offers PhD programmes to applicants eligible for full registration or who hold limited registration with the General Medical Council. These three-year fellowships are intended to develop the applicant’s potential to pursue a career as an academic clinician.

The MD(Res) is a two-year (or part-time equivalent) research programme specifically designed for clinically-qualified trainees. These provide clinical specialists the opportunity to work in a unique multidisciplinary environment alongside world leaders in cancer research and clinicians from The Royal Marsden.

You may find it useful to familiarise yourself with the research groups and projects going on at the ICR, and to start identifying team leaders you might want to approach for your MD(Res) or PhD project.

The ICR website lists all research team leaders and is a good place to start: Posts are advertised throughout the year, for further information about opportunities at the ICR email [email protected]

Interested in applying for a PhD or MD(Res)?

We run regular drop-in sessions for any clinicians interested in applying for a PhD or MD(Res). Representatives from ICR Academic Services and the NIHR BRC at The Royal Marsden and the ICR will be available to answer questions about applying for a PhD or MD(Res), including information about the ICR CRUK-Wellcome PhD programme and applying for external fellowship funding, for example the MRC and NIHR fellowship schemes.    

Find out more.

Imperial Academic Health Science Centre

We are part of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). The AHSC is a partnership between:

  • Imperial College London 
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Institute of Cancer Research, London
  • Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

To see resources and events for clinical researchers visit the Imperial CATO website.

An interactive chart (PDF) on the CATO website summarises the support and activities available across the AHSC partners.

Clinical Research Training Framework

The Imperial AHSC has developed the Clinical Research Training Framework to define and develop the skills that an academic clinician of any professional background requires in order to support clinical research.

The Framework supports clinical staff in the AHSC organisations to develop a detailed understanding of research, and research skills, to allow them to become more directly involved in the mission of the AHSC: to accelerate the translation of research discoveries into improvements in human health. 

Find out more about the Framework. 

Travel bursaries

The Patricia McGregor Travel Fellowships Fund, set up in memory of Patricia McGregor, provides travel and attendance costs for staff from The Royal Marsden to attend and present their research at national and international oncology-related medical conferences.

Applications are only open to The Royal Marsden employees and are specifically for junior researchers including junior medical staff (below consultant level), nursing staff and allied health professionals.

Please download the Travel Fellowship application form (Word Document) and application guidance notes (PDF).

Completed applications should be submitted to [email protected] at least 30 days before the conference start date.