CLAHRC East of England Training and Career Development Funding “Boot Camp”


There are a number of ways to build a career in health care research. The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and various charities (e.g. Alzheimer’s Society) recognise the value of investing in research careers. Pre-doctoral, post- doctoral and career fellowships enable clinicians/ researchers to combine the development of their research work with support and resources to develop as future research leaders.
These funding schemes are highly competitive. Applications are unsuccessful for a number of reasons including: an under-developed proposal; the absence of a strong argument as to the potential impact of the proposed research on improving patient care; misalignment between what is proposed and the priorities of the funding organisation; and a lack of clarity in how the support requested will enable the applicant to develop their research career..

Building Research Capacity

CLAHRC East of England has a role in building research capacity across our partner organisations, including:

  • holding capacity building workshops about research careers
  • the research fellows programme that enables clinicians to have a funded day a week (Please click here to learn more about the CLAHRC fellowship programme)
  • funding of 8 doctoral students

The Boot Camp is for clinicians/researchers who are committed to a career in health care research and who already have some pre-developed research ideas. The Boot Camp will bring together approximately 15-20 people from across the Eastern Region who are at different stages of their research career in order to:

  • provide an overview of the options for career funding and learn from the experiences of research leaders in the CLAHRC
  • understand the process of NIHR review, selection and interview process to determine the key features of a successful application
  • get participants to work in small groups to develop and present their research ideas and present these to their peers and those with experience of securing NIHR funding

Provisional Programme Outline

The Boot Camp will run over two days and include an overnight residential. The final programme and invited speakers will aim to reflect the interests and stage of career of the different applicants.

Please download a draft event programme here:


Attendance at the Boot Camp is free of charge and this includes accommodation for one night at Madingley Hall. Extra funding has been secured to support this one off event.
The CLAHRC cannot cover salary or travel costs and would hope that employer organisations would want to support participation in this event.

Dates and timings

The boot camp will be held over two days:

  • Day 1- Tuesday 31st October from 16:00 – welcome and briefing, evening meal and overnight stay
  • Day 2 – Wednesday 1st November from approx. 8am to 4.30pm 

How to Apply

The boot camp is designed for individuals who have already decided that they want a career in research. To apply please submit:

  1. A letter specifying what level of research funding you are hoping to secure in the future ( Pre/Post doctoral/Career )
  2. One page CV
  3. One page outlining the proposed project/research interest.
  4. A letter or email from your manager supporting your application.

There are a limited number of places. Applications will be reviewed by the members of the CLAHRC capacity building committee.

Submissions should be sent to Lorna Jacobs: 


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