2024 Funding Round

The 2024 PRUK funding round will launch on 2nd January and close at 1pm on 27th March.

Pharmacy Research UK provide a range of funding grants to those involved in pharmacy research. We support a number of smaller training bursaries to allow UK registered pharmacy professionals to develop research capacity, skills, knowledge and gain additional qualifications. We are also delighted to be able to announce that, for the first time, we are offering a fully-funded full-time PhD studentship.

We are also happy to announce that from 2024, all UK registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are eligible to apply to our schemes. Further information about each of the schemes we offer is available in the respective links below.

Our grant making process is underpinned by a national competition and a robust research governance framework, in line with the principles of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

PhD Studentship Award CLOSED

This funding scheme is designed to support the salary, tuition and research costs associated with undertaking a full-time or part-time PhD. We are trialling this scheme for the first time in 2024 in place of our Research Development Awards and always welcome feedback on the nature and balance of awards that we offer.

After 10 years of supporting pharmacy research, we understand just how exciting and important research in pharmacy has been – not just for the profession, but for the wider healthcare research landscape. Building research capacity in pharmacy practice is vital for developing a research active pharmacy profession. This is even more apparent this year, as pharmacy technicians can now apply to us for funding and we believe that the landscape of pharmacy research can only become even more relevant and stronger as a result.

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Research Training Bursaries CLOSED

Research training bursaries provide funding for UK registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who have an interest in developing their skills in conducting research relating to every day practice. There are two levels of funding within this scheme.

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The BOPA-PRUK Research Award (jointly funded by BOPA and PRUK) is designed for pharmacy professionals in oncology and haematology to undertake research projects in translational and health service related to oncology and haematology pharmacy, with a focus on patient benefit.

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The CMHP-PRUK Research Award (jointly funded by CMHP and PRUK) is a great opportunity for pharmacy professionals to undertake practice research for the benefit of patients with mental illness, and which contribute to enhancing the quality of care with psychiatric medicines through improving pharmaceutical services or ensuring safe and effective use of medicines.

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NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (PCAF) CLOSED

The NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship is available to professionals who wish to develop clinical academic careers. The PCAF is open to early career researchers who can have salaried time to prepare an application for funding, in order to provide the skills necessary to access doctoral level funding. We are pleased to be supporting pharmacists who wish to apply to this scheme.

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WoW-PRUK Research Project Grants CLOSED

The Wellbeing of Women-PRUK Research Project Grants are for researchers who wish to conduct pharmacy research into a range of health issues relating to women’s reproductive and gynaecological health.

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Expert Review and Selection
Expert review is the process by which applications for grants to PRUK are judged by experts within a relevant research field. Expert review should be independent and carried out by individuals who have no conflicts of interest with both the institution and individual applying to PRUK for funding. PRUK adheres to the guidelines set by the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Applications will be assessed and shortlisted through a process of expert review. For the PhD Studentship, each application will be reviewed by three members of our Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP). Following this assessment, applications will then be shortlisted to the next stage – external expert review. This consists of each application being independently reviewed by at least two external reviewers. The shortlisted applications will then be discussed at the main SAP meeting to determine who will be invited for interview. Shortlisted applicants from the PhD Studentship and Level 2 Research Training Bursary schemes will be invited to interview to discuss their application, which will include a presentation from the applicant, followed by questions from the interview panel. The final funding recommendations will then be made, once all interviews have taken place.

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Success rate in 2023
Approximately 33% of applications received in 2023 for PRUK funding round were funded.

2024 Funding Round Timetable

2024 PRUK funding round launch2nd January 2024
2024 PRUK funding round deadline1pm on 27th March 2024
Applicants notified of initial outcome (i.e. invitation to interview stage)w/c 1st July 2024
Online interviews (for shortlisted PhD studentship awards and Level 2 bursaries only)9th July 2024
Applicants notified of final outcome 31st July 2024

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