Resources for clinical researchers

In addition to the academic and educational support provided through a researcher’s supervisory team, there are a number of other sources of support available:

Dr Mike Hubank with Paula Proszek in the Centre for Molecular Pathology

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Early Career Researcher Forum

Early Career Researcher Forum membership is aimed at any early career researcher who is interested in and/or working towards a career in cancer-related research. This includes both clinical and non-clinical colleagues based in the UK.

Visit the Early Career Researcher Forum website

The ICR funding alert

Register now for The Institute of Cancer Research, London's monthly funding alert to find out about:

  • All available funding opportunities from funding bodies such as the MRC, CRUK and the NIHR
  • Fellowships
  • Travel bursaries
  • Equipment grants

Please email [email protected] to be added to a mailing list.

Free access to journals and books

Royal Marsden staff can access The Institute of Cancer Research's (ICR) online journal subscriptions and electronic books for free. This includes access to leading journals either not available through OpenAthens or only available under embargo (New England Journal of Medicine, the European Journal of Cancer, the Lancet, Nature), as well as electronic books covering topics such as MRCP PACES and radiology.

To access this content, you will need an EZproxy password. You can apply for one by sending an email which includes your name and job title to the ICR library. The email must be sent from a The Royal Marsden email address.

Once you receive your password, you can access the ICR's journals and books by navigating to the Early Careers Researchers webpage and following the onscreen links. In addition to journals and books available here, staff also have access to the Reaxys chemical database and Web of Science, a citation search engine that complements PubMed.

Staff wishing to know more can contact the ICR library.

Research Design Service London (RDS) - online resources library

RDS London's online resources library contains information on: 

  • Preparing a grant
  • Study design and research methods
  • Statistics
  • PPI
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Research collaboration 
  • RDS London case studies

Visit the RDS online library

Clinical researcher career guidance

Follow the ICR Research Support team on Twitter

NIHR Career Development Guidance

NIHR Your Path in Research

MRC Skills and Careers Guidance

CRUK Funding Opportunities for Clinical Academic Career Development

Clinical Research Nursing

Clinical Research Practitioner (CRP) Directory

Frameworks and strategy

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework
The researcher development framework (RDF) describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers. It is structured into four domains covering the knowledge abilities, personal effectiveness, research governance and engagement, influence and impact behaviours.

Competencies Framework for CRUK Fellowships (PDF)

Imperial Research Training Framework

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Allied Health Professionals Strategy 2018 - 2020

NIHR Clinical Research Nurse Strategy 2017 - 2021

Academy for Healthcare Science Career Framework for Healthcare Scientists

Other Resources

The power of the plain English summary (Sep 2019) - Research Design Service Blog
Helen McGregor, Communications and Support Officer, RDS South East discussing the importance of the plain English summary in your research application. 

Equator Network Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research. A one-stop-shop for writing and publishing high-impact health research

Presentation for clinical academics from Prof Johann de Bono, RM/ICR BRC Lead for Novel Cancer Therapeutics, on the subject of getting grants.

SE Acton et al (March 2019) The life of P.I. Transitions to Independence in Academia (PDF): The data in this report summarises the responses gathered from 365 principal investigators of academic laboratories, who started their independent positions in the UK within the last 6 years up to 2018.

DCC How to Write a Lay Summary

Useful Contacts

Academy of Medical Sciences 

Careers support workshops and meetings, networks, well-established fellows mentoring scheme

The Careers Group, University of London 

The Careers Group, University of London, has been providing careers services to universities for over 100 years and is the largest higher education careers and employability service in Europe.

Professional bodies

European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)

The British Association for Cancer Research (BACR)

Biochemical Society  -  Careers support, networks, job opportunities, some have mentoring schemes.


Cancer Research UK

The National Institute for Health and Care Research

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Wellcome Trust