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HEE/NIHR Transitional/Bridging Awards - applications are now open!



Health Education England Wessex (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have secured funding for 2019-20 to support Transitional/Bridging awards for non-medical clinical academics.


These awards offer the unique opportunity to develop an individualised, structured, six-twelve months’ development plan. With their clinical academic supervisor, successful individuals will have the opportunity to design a bespoke educational programme tailored to suit their needs and aspirations.

The awards can be completed on a full or part-time basis, if all costs remain within the maximum funding envelope of £15,000. Proposals should align their organisation’s and or the local system priorities, which are:

  1. Mental Health Services
  2. Maternity Services
  3. Cancer Services
  4. Urgent and Emergency Care
  5. Primary Care
  6. Public Health



The awards are open to Allied Health Professionals, Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Healthcare Scientists, and wider Dental Team Professions. To be eligible you will need to provide evidence that you have the following:

  1. Current registration to practice in the UK with the appropriate regulatory and professional bodies, as appropriate
  2. Work for at least one day per week for an organisation who provides NHS healthcare within Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, or Salisbury
  3. One year’s post-graduate experience
  4. Support from your line manager to undertake the award
  5. A keen interest and clear suitability for a clinical academic career
  6. Mentorship from a named clinical academic supervisor (identified by you)
  7. Access to a bespoke educational programme related to aspects of the research methodology or data analysis. This could include an academic module, a short course or further accredited academic training
  8. The opportunity to develop links with an existing clinical research team (identified by you)
  9. Ability for your employer to manage the award funding across financial years
  10. Ability to complete the award by August 2020.


To be considered you must:

  • Already have a Master’s degree and are looking for an opportunity to prepare for doctoral level study; or
  • Already have a doctoral degree and are looking for an opportunity to prepare for post-doctoral research and study


Please note: Individuals already in receipt of a research grant from elsewhere are not eligible for this award.

NB: Please get your spending plan checked by finance teams prior to submission and that there is agreement that the funding can be managed by your employer across the financial year end if required. The amount awarded will be paid directly to your NHS employer this financial year.

Recruitment to this programme

Application Deadline: 9.00 am on Monday 17 June 2019

Notification of outcome: Week beginning Monday 24 June 2019

Interview date: Thursday 11 July 2019 (applicants must be available for interview on this date)

Award Period: November 2019 - August 2020

How to apply: Please review the Transitional/Bridging guidance document and award checklist and submit a completed application form (appendix 1) with all the relevant documentation to by 9am on Monday 17 June 2019.

Recruitment documents


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