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For Researchers

How to apply for money

There are many different funding schemes available to researchers at all levels of their career.  The Research & Development Office can offer advice as to which scheme will suit you and your idea best.  They will also support you in all aspects of any applications you wish to submit to a funder, running Patient & Public Involvement focus groups, project costing's and study design.

For further information on how to get support please contact the Research & Development Office on ext 6996 or email

There is plenty of support within York in addition to the Research & Development Office to help you in applying for research funds.

Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals to the National Institute for Health Research and other national, peer reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.  All services are provided free of charge, and can help researchers transform ideas into research proposals or develop existing research proposals.

York Trials Unit

York Trials Unit works to undertake national, scientifically rigorous, randomised trials of the effectiveness and efficiency of existing or potential health care interventions in health care.

The Research & Development Office circulates a weekly funding alert email to staff, if you would like to be on the mailing list for this please contact Lydia Harris

The Research Design Service also have a list of all current calls and competitions being advertised by the National Institute of Health Research, the largest funder of health research in the NHS. Click here to review the current list of open calls and competitions.

Elsie May Sykes Award

The funding limit for this call is £15,000 and the deadline for application forms is 5.00pm 25th April 2019.

The funding should be used to support ideas that support medical research, for example:

  • Small standalone research project
  • Statistician support to analyse research data to support grant applications
  • Maternity leave cover for research staff in your department
  • Consultant, health care professionals, nurses and AHP’s time to write a research grant/publication about their research
  • Funding for systematic reviews to aid grant submission
  • Temporary Research Nurse support to help support accruals in a particular trial

Please note that research involving human organ, egg cell or embryo transplantation or vivisections of animals are not eligible for this Research Award. Also, the fund does not support education awards, these will be covered by the Education Bursary (please contact for further details). 

Please find attached a poster containing the key information, which can be displayed in your clinical areas; please cascade this email to all research active staff within our hospital.

Contact (01904 725128) for the application form and guidance notes.

Education Bursary

There is a Trust's Annual Educational Bursary Award. The awards are funded by York Teaching Hospital Charity.

Staff with permanent contracts, who have been with the Trust for two years or more are encouraged to apply for the annual Educational Bursary Award aimed at enhancing the education and learning of staff.

The learning opportunity must add to the individual’s ability to enhance their competencies and capabilities and offer opportunities to spread knowledge learnt and best practice amongst colleagues. The applicant will need to be able to evaluate the impact of the learning opportunity to their career progression and wider workforce and demonstrate patient benefit.

The learning opportunity can be experiential/ observational learning (travelling to another Trust, even overseas, to view good practice) or it could be formal such as a qualification.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Importance of the educational opportunity to the individual, directorate and the Trust
  • Clear rationale for undertaking the educational opportunity
  • Clear justification for funding
  • Clear explanation of the impact of the learning opportunity to the individual and wider workforce
  • Clear dissemination plans to spread new knowledge and best practice
  • The proposal should meet guidelines for appropriate use of charitable funds by York Teaching Hospital Charity
  • Funding unavailable from other sources.

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

York and Scarborough

147 research studies open to recruitment


4588 patients recruited into clinical trials