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How We Fund Research

Since our launch in 2012 we have funded a combination of project grants, research training bursaries and awards relating to the practice of pharmacy.  

How we fund researchWe seek to understand the way professionals, patients and the public think about and access medicines and pharmacy services. Our research strategy was developed in conjunction with a range of pharmacy and health service stakeholders and is regularly reviewed to ensure it remains relevant to the ongoing challenges in the profession. We are guided by a Scientific Advisory Panel who oversee rigour in our processes and are charged, by our Trustees, with ensuring we achieve our strategic goals. Our project grant funding rounds are open to all researchers in the UK and funded projects must address NHS priorities. We are an NIHR non-commercial partner which provides additional benefits to research projects. Applicants who require further help and support in completing the research application also benefit from the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS).  The RDS provide design and methodological support to health and social care researchers across England and are a useful resource in developing a robust application for research funding.

All our projects are peer-reviewed, either internally or externally, to ensure that the scientific integrity of the work is upheld.

You can read more about our recently funded projects and becoming a peer reviewer.

Selection process

Applications submitted under all the funding schemes are subject to an initial administrative review. This involves the PRUK research team reviewing each proposal to ensure it appropriately fits the remit of the particular funding scheme. Following this internal review, the applications will be processed as follows:

Personal Research Awards: External peer reviewers with the appropriate expertise are contacted to provide their comments on the different elements of the proposal, thereby ensuring that an independent review is provided for each award. These comments, in addition to the original proposal, are then reviewed by the SAP for their comments. The PRUK team will then meet with the SAP representatives to decide which application to shortlist for interview stage. Following the interview process, which involves the applicant giving a presentation on their proposal with questions from the Panel, a final funding recommendation will be made.

Research Training Bursaries: External peer reviewers with the appropriate expertise are contacted to provide their comments on the different elements of the proposal, thereby ensuring that an independent review is provided for each award. These comments, in addition to the original proposal, are then reviewed by the SAP for their comments. The PRUK team will then meet with the SAP representatives to decide which application to shortlist for interview stage. Following the interview process, which involves the applicant giving a presentation on their proposal with questions from the Panel, a final funding recommendation will be made.

BOPA-PRUK Research Award: External peer reviewers with the appropriate expertise are contacted to provide their comments on the different elements of the proposal, thereby ensuring that an independent review is provided for each award. These comments, in addition to the original proposal, are then reviewed by the SAP and BOPA representatives for their comments. The PRUK team will then meet with the SAP and BOPA representatives to decide which application to shortlist for funding.

Project Grants:  The SAP will meet to discuss and shortlist the Stage 1 Project Grant applications based on strength, merit, relevance and value of the proposal. Following the successful submission of the Stage 2 application form, external peer reviewers with the appropriate expertise are contacted to provide their comments on the different elements of the proposal, thereby ensuring that an independent review is provided for each award. These comments, in addition to the original proposal, are then reviewed by the SAP again for their comments. The PRUK team will then meet with the SAP to decide which application should be recommended for funding.

Please note that all recommendations for funding from the SAP are subject to a ratification process form the Board of Trustees.