Awards and Bursaries

The 2021 awards and bursaries funding round has closed.

Pharmacy Research UK provide Awards and Bursaries to those involved in pharmacy research. We support a number of smaller grants to develop research capacity, called Research Development Awards (formerly known as Personal Awards). These enable small scale research projects that may not be eligible for funding from other bodies, to be undertaken. They are awarded to both academics and pharmacy practitioners.

Our grant making process is underpinned by a national competitive process and a robust research governance framework.

Research Training Bursaries

Research training bursaries provide funding for community and primary care pharmacists who have an interest in developing their skills in conducting research relating to every day practice. There are three levels of funding, depending on the qualifications that are being worked towards.

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Research Development Awards

Research Development Awards are available to pharmacists based in the UK.  This unique funding is designed to build capacity in pharmacy practice and is vital for developing a research active pharmacy profession.  This research 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.

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BOPA-PRUK Research Award

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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CMHP-PRUK Research Award

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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Psoriasis Association-PRUK Research Award

The Psoriasis Association-PRUK Research Award (jointly funded by the Psoriasis Association and PRUK) is designed for pharmacy research into psoriasis, including how people with psoriasis can benefit from pharmacy services.

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Diabetes UK Project Grants

We are pleased to partner with Diabetes UK to support research looking into the role that pharmacy has in supporting people with diabetes. Anyone interested in applying for a Diabetes UK-PRUK project grant, as the principal investigator, is expected to have a tenured post or be able to demonstrate that they will have a salary for the lifetime of the grant. The research must also take place at an established research institution in the UK. Applications will be considered in competition with all other applications submitted to the Diabetes UK Project Grant round.

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

Applications will be assessed and shortlisted through a process of expert peer review.  For Personal Research Awards this consists of each application being independently reviewed by two external reviewers, as well as two members of our Scientific Advisory Panel. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview to discuss their application, which will include a presentation from the lead applicant, followed by questions from a Review Panel. Applications for Research Training Bursaries and BOPA-PRUK Research Awards are assessed by two members of our Scientific Advisory Panel.

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Success rate in 2020
Approximately 12% of applications received in 2020 for PRUK Awards and Bursaries were funded.

2021 Awards and Bursaries Timetable

2021 PRUK awards and bursaries launch26th January 2021
2021 PRUK awards and bursaries deadline1pm on 21st April 2021
Applicants notified of initial outcome (i.e. invitation to interview stage)2nd July 2021
Online interviews (for research development awards and Level 3 bursaries only)12th & 13th July 2021
Applicants notified of final outcome 30th July 2021

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