Research Development Awards

The 2023 Awards and Bursaries round is open from Monday 23rd January and closes at 1pm on Wednesday 19th April

Pharmacy Research UK offers one or more awards made annually to a total value of £30,000 funded by a bequest by Rowland Henry Williams, only available to registered pharmacists in the UK.

Who is eligible to apply?

All applicants must be a UK registered Pharmacist (those currently undertaking preregistration training will be considered but will need to have joined the register before receiving funding).

As a key purpose of the awards is to build research capacity and capability in pharmacy the award might, for example, be appropriate for:

  • Practitioners relatively new to research;
  • PhD students requiring ‘research costs’ to enhance their PhDs;
  • those requiring funding between PhD and post doctoral grants.

The awards can also be used to fund new areas of research, e.g. pre-pilot and feasibility studies that would not be considered by other funding bodies.

We welcome applications relating to community pharmacy and encourage community pharmacists to apply to us.

To apply for a Research Development Award, please download the Research Development Award application form and read the Research Development Award Guidance document for further information on completing the application form. Please ensure you refer to the guidance document before submitting your application.

For further information on the selection process, please see how we fund research.  If you are unable to download any of the documents above please contact us.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview to discuss their application, which will include a presentation from the applicant, followed by questions from the interview panel.

See our previous Research Development Award Holders here.


2023 Awards and Bursaries Timetable

2023 PRUK awards and bursaries launch23rd January 2023
2023 PRUK awards and bursaries deadline1pm on 19th April 2023
Applicants notified of initial outcome (i.e. invitation to interview stage)w/c 3rd July 2023
Online interviews (for research development awards and Level 2 bursaries only)w/c 10th July 2023
Applicants notified of final outcome 28th July 2023