NIHR/HEE Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic Programme (ICA)

The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic (ICA) Programme provides research training awards for health and social care professionals, excluding doctors and dentists, who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and professional development. To apply you must belong to an ICA eligible profession.

Pre-Doctoral Clinical Practitioner and Academic Fellowship (PCAF)

funds a personalised programme of academic training that equip awardees with the skills and experience to access doctoral-level funding, and give dedicated time to prepare an application for a competitive, peer-reviewed doctoral level research training fellowship.

Doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (DLAF)

funds registered healthcare professionals to undertake a PhD by research and, concurrently, to undertake further professional development and clinical practice.

Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (ACAF)

supports post-doctoral researchers to develop their academic career whilst developing their health or care career.

More information about each including application guidance can be found here