We are keen to showcase the opportunities available for pharmacists to gain the support they need in developing a research funding proposal. The Science and Research team from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have provided further details on the support services they offer to pharmacists who are interested to apply for research funding! Previous PRUK awardees have benefited from this service, so we do encourage applicants to consider all the support available before developing a funding proposal.
If you’re looking to apply for funding for your research (whether it’s a small bursary or a larger grant), the RPS Science and Research Team are on hand to help. We offer a broad range of services for RPS members, which includes access to our extensive online resources and our one-to-one support sessions. We have a strong track record of successfully helping RPS members to secure research funding and in getting pharmacists involved in research.
Our Research and Evaluation Guide cover a broad range of topics, including guidance on how to evaluate evidence, develop you own research study, source funding and disseminate your findings, etc. We have resources for those new to research, as well as guidance targeting more experienced researchers. For example, our Research Funding and Proposals guide outlines best practice and top tops in grant writing and also signposts to other useful resources.
We also provide a range of support services to help RPS members develop their research ideas into research projects. These include 1:1 research support sessions with friendly members of our team where you can talk through your ideas or ask any questions.
How to organise a support session:
- Get in touch: If you are looking for research support, drop us an email with a few lines about your research, highlighting the areas where you would like support or guidance e.g. developing a research project, methodology, etc. You can also attach copies of any relevant research documentation or background information.
- Booking your session: You’ll receive a reply from a member of our team who will suggest a date/time. The session can be conducted over the phone, or, if you are based in London, we can arrange to meet face-to-face at our RPS office.
- Preparation: In preparation for the session we will review any documents or information you’ve provided to us in advance. The more information you can provide us with, the better we’ll be able to tailor your session, and the more you’ll get out of it. Our team has a broad range of research expertise, as well as access to an extensive network of RPS stakeholders, who we can consult to cover all specialist areas.
- The Support Session: Usually, two members of our team will attend your session. We’ll start off with introductions and clarify exactly what you’d like to get out of the session. The session is really just a friendly chat, and it’s up to you to decide what we focus on.
- Follow-up: We will send you an email summarising what was discussed during your support session and any agreed actions. We will also send through feedback on any research documents you provided us with. You can then review this in your own time and get back in touch if you have any questions.
- Keep in touch: Once you’ve had a chance to digest and reflect on your first session with us, please do not hesitate to get back in touch. We’re more than happy to offer continued support to our members and we really enjoy receiving updates on your progress regardless of the outcome.
We provide general comments on your research proposals and grant applications and other research materials e.g. research reports, abstracts, surveys, etc. If your grant application reaches interview stage, we can also organise a mock interview with a panel of academics to help you prepare.
It’s also worth noting that one-to-one support for RPS members can also be sought through our new mentoring platform which helps members to connect regardless of their level of experience. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up your profile! Finding a mentor to support you with your research.
Once you’re research ready, be sure to check out opportunities to showcase your work, such as our annual Science and Research Summit.