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Pharmacy Research UK announces research funding for Pharmacists.

Pharmacy Research UK is accepting applications from pharmacists wishing to develop skills and experience in research relating to their practice. In line with our objective to promote the health of the public by educating pharmacists, we have two funding schemes which aim to develop research capacity and capability in pharmacy.

The Personal Research Awards and Research Training Bursaries provide funding for novice and early-career researchers.This unique funding is vital for developing a research active pharmacy profession which, in turn, can underpin the development of a strong evidence base to inform pharmacy’s current and future contribution to patient benefit and public health.

Professor Anthony Smith, Chair of Pharmacy Research UK said:

“For our profession to realise fully the opportunities afforded to it, it is essential to continue to develop a strong research active pharmacy workforce. The Personal Research Awards and Research Training Bursaries offer a vital ‘hand up’ to those wishing to gain research skills and experience. Many of our applicants will be combining research activities with roles in patient care. I salute their commitment to their professional development, practice and patients and look forward to hearing how their research shapes their practice and future careers.”

Previous recipients have undertaken research in areas such as public health, health economics, infection management, organisational psychology and over the counter prescribing.

When asked to comment on the benefit of gaining funding, previous recipient of the Leverhulme Pharmacy Research Fellowship, community pharmacist Frances Notman stated:

“I feel so lucky and very grateful to have received this Award. It has allowed me to carry out both qualitative and quantitative research investigating what patients do to manage their early cancer symptoms prior to their diagnosis. If this research can demonstrate that opportunities exist for community pharmacy-based interventions to facilitate earlier cancer detection, patients could be appropriately referred earlier which could expedite their diagnosis and improve their prognosis. Receiving the award has provided me with numerous opportunities. I have been able to develop my research skills in both qualitative and quantitative methodology, worked as part of a multidisciplinary team of experienced researchers, enhanced my communication and analytical skills and presented at conferences”

The closing date for the Research Training Bursaries is the 17th May 2013 and the Personal Research Awards is the 24th May 2013. Interviews for both schemes will take place in London in early July. Further information and application forms are available at www.pharmacyresearchuk.org

Notes to editors:

  1.  Pharmacy Research UK was established in 2012 following the merger of the Pharmaceutical Trust for Educational and Charitable Objects (PTECO) and the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (PPRT). The charity’s vision is to improve the health of the public through excellence in pharmacy research
  2. The Personal Research Awards provide support for:
  • Those requiring funding between PhD and postdoctoral grants
  • Those requiring funding to go from MPhil to PhD
  • Practitioners new to research
  • PhD students requiring ‘research costs’ to enhance their PhDs

The awards can be used to fund new areas of research, e.g. pre-pilot and feasibility studies that would not be considered by other funding bodies. There are two types of award available:

  • The Galen Award: up to £30,000 is granted annually and funded by the Galen Trust for pharmacists from all sectors to undertake research.
  • The Leverhulme Pharmacy Research Fellowship: one or more awards of up to £45,000 granted annually is funded by the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust to support research relating to community pharmacy

3.The Research Training Bursaries support community and primary care pharmacists to undertake the following:

Level 1: To undertake research modules and a small scale project.
Level 2: To upgrade a Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy to an MSc.
Level 3: To undertake a non – pharmacy MSc that has relevance to and benefits the world of pharmacy.

A total of £45,000 is available for the research training bursaries.

4. For more information
For more information about Pharmacy Research UK please visit www.pharmacyresearchuk.org

For more information about the Research Training Bursaries or the Personal Research Awards please contact Charlotte Coates:

charlotte.coates@rpharms.com

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