Charity-funded fellowships

We are pleased to announce the launch of Round 2 of the charity-funded research fellowships which is open for submissions until 7 July 2020. 

The Trust is committed to supporting the training and development of staff at our hospitals so that they can carry out pioneering and world-class research into heart and lung diseases.

In 2019 the Research Office in partnership with the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity launched the Charity-funded Fellowships for non-medical health professionals, which awards staff with up to £50,000 in funding, allowing them to undertake up to 12 months of research in order to develop their research skills and produce data to win further funding.

In Round 1 last year, 12 highly competitive applications where received, three of which were successfully awarded funding.  

Click here to read more about the 2019 winners.

Click on the links below to find out more about this year's call.


Download the application form and guidance document at the links below. 

Non-medical charity-funded fellowship application form 

Non-medical charity-funded fellowship guidance document

Please send the completed form to as a PDF file by midnight on Tuesday 7 July 2020. In the subject of the email please include your name and the text, “Charity fellowship”.


  • must be employed at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust at time of application
  • projects must be sponsored by the Trust
  • must be working as a non-medical professional
  • must not have previously been awarded this fellowship
  • must have their applications costed by the research development team
  • can apply at either pre- or post-doctorate level
  • must plan to undertake research that will benefit patients and/or staff at the Trust
  • should demonstrate how they intend to use the fellowship to apply for further research funding
  • who submit after the deadline will have their applications rejected
  • must ensure their proposed research project does not involve animals
  • must have approval and sign off from their line manager. 
  • must be a UK resident

Previously unsuccessful applicants are welcome to apply again but their applications must fully address the feedback received from their previous application. 

Applications open: 10 June 2020
Applications close: 7 July 2020, midnight

Funding outcome notification: September 2020

Projects must start before 31st December 2020. Please note that HRA and ethics approvals must be obtained before your start date.

A £120,000 fund is available to support applicants. Up to a maximum of £50,000 per submission.

Funding can be used to cover anything required to fulfil the project, including salaries, consumables, equipment, publication fees, conference fees, and patient and public involvement (PPI).

All applicants must discuss their costings with the Trust’s Research Development team in a timely manner (details below under Contact)

Applicants are advised that the Research Office will not be involved in discussions regarding back-filling of job posts. 

The awarded funding will be available for 12 months. 

The judging panel will be made up of Charity and Trust staff and will include clinicians, lay advisors (patients), and senior staff. 

The proposals will be judged based on several key factors including (but not limited to);

  • Expected patient benefit
  • Study design and methodology
  • Scientific advancement 
  • Likelihood of applicant pursuing further funding and training
  • Value for money 
  • Level of support from applicant’s department
  • Benefits to the Trust

All successful applicants are required to present their research proposal to the relevant research Lay Advisory Groups (cardiovascular or respiratory) within 6 months of their award. 

Successful applicants will also be required to provide regular updates to the Charity on the progress of their research.    

You must notify the Research Office of any changes to your circumstances and/or employment during the fellowship. 

For more information on the application process and for costing of your application please contact;

Laura Henderson, Research Development Manager

For advice and support on patient and public involvement (PPI) for your application, please contact:

Zahra Aden, Research PPI lead