Clinician researchers

Clinician 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.

Leadership Programme

Pathway to Independence – developing future clinical academic leaders in cancer research is a career development and leadership programme aimed at early-career clinical academics from across the BRC network. The programme includes focused application-writing sessions, mock funding panels, and mock interviews. The content has been developed for clinical academics aiming to become independent researchers and interested in applying for clinician scientist fellowships.

Clinical Academic Forum

A network of clinical academics across RM and ICR at different career stages. The forum is open to ACFs, Clinical Research Fellows, PhDs, MDs, CLs, and equivalents. 

The forum meets quarterly over lunch (provided) to enhance interaction, networking and sharing of knowledge.

Register here for any of the upcoming dates:

  •       8 October 2018
  •       16 January 2019
  •       20 May 2019
  •       11 September 2019
  •       02 December 2019

Clinical Academic Careers Programme

Each autumn the programme provides workshops, webinars and events to support your career development. The 2018 programme will be launched soon and will include a series of Meet the Funder events as well as relevant training courses on how to become and manage being an independent clinical academic. 



The BRC Clinical Academic Career Mentoring Scheme supports early-career clinical researchers at key career transition points. Trained volunteer mentors (research active consultants from The Royal Marsden and ICR) provide advice and perspective on balancing the demands of an academic and clinical career.

The 2017/18 scheme launched in July 2017 and will run from October 2017- September 2018. Mentoring is available to any RM/ICR based clinicians considering the next steps in their research career. It may be of benefit to you if you are interested in exploring how to manage the demands of a dual career, balance career and carer responsibilities, understand the career pathways as a clinical academic, or would like a senior clinical academic as a role model/sounding board. We are limited by the number of mentors available, therefore places will be prioritised for mentees approaching a key career transition e.g. coming to the end of their ACF, MD/PhD or early postdocs. 

Applications for the 2017/18 scheme are now closed.  The 2018/19 scheme will open in July 2018.

Travel bursaries

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

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

To apply, please download the application form and guidance. Completed applications should be submitted to [email protected] at least 30 days before the conference start date.

Support for Integrated Academic Trainees (IATs)

We provide specific support for Integrated Academic Trainees, NIHR-funded Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) and Clinical Lecturers (CLs).

Research clinician is a blog-based website with short posts written by a range of experts who share their own experience, tips and advice on developing skills you need as an academic trainee. Access using your Synapse login.

All ACFs are given an honorary contract with the ICR which gives access to ICR facilities such as the IT network and library. If you are unsure whether you have access please contact [email protected]

The Academic Training Bursary provides funding for all NIHR ACFs and CLs for conference attendance and travel that supports your academic training. To claim, please complete the Training Bursary Request form and once approved by your Academic Supervisor, return to [email protected]. Forms must be submitted by the end of February each year.

Imperial Academic Heath Science Centre

We are part of the Imperial College Academic Heath Science Centre (AHSC). The AHSC is a partnership between Imperial College London (ICL), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBHT) and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RM) and aims to utilise excellence in research and education to transform health outcomes. To see resources and events for clinical researchers visit the Imperial CATO website or RBHT website.