Pharmacy Research UK announces research funding for Pharmacists in 2015

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.

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

The closing date for the Personal Research Awards is the 4th May 2015 and the Research Training Bursaries is 11th May 2015. Interviews for both schemes will take place in London on 14th and 15th July 2015. Further information and application forms are available at www.pharmacyresearchuk.org


Notes to editors:

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.

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


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.

Clinical Pharmacy Research Project

The UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) and Pharmacy Research UK are continuing their partnership in 2015 to offer a research fund of up to £50,000 to support pharmacy practitioners to take forward their research within clinical pharmacy.

The funding is primarily aimed at pharmacists seeking to undertake research in their area of clinical practice, while further developing their research skills. While the quality of applications is of paramount importance, priority will be given to lead applicants for whom this will be their first research project as a Principal Investigator.

The funds available are for projects between £5,000 and £50,000.

The deadline for submitting a bid is 5pm, 11th May 2015.

To apply, please use the following link here.

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 Yen Truong: yen.truong@rpharms.com


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