Annual fellowship research awards announced

Six health professionals at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have been awarded research fellowship grants from Imperial Health Charity.

The grants, which are funded jointly with the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, offer a unique opportunity for staff to develop their research skills and take forward their own projects.

They will enable staff to take time out from their professional role and focus solely on research, in many cases laying the foundations to progress to a PhD project. The projects funded this year cover a range of different fields, including an initiative to improve nutrition for patients admitted to critical care following major trauma and a study investigating the use of auditory-visual aids to reduce delirium in ICU patients after heart surgery.

Each fellow will receive up to £85,000 to progress their research project over the next 12 months. 

Since the programme was launched in 2009, Imperial Health Charity have awarded more than £5 million to support over 100 research fellowship projects. Many previous fellows have seen their research lead to positive changes at the Trust, helping to drive forward improvements to patient care.

Dr Caroline Alexander, lead clinical academic for therapies at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a member of Imperial Charity's Research Fellowships committee, said: “The fellowships are a great opportunity for anyone who wants to take time out of their clinical role to explore whether research is the right path for them.

“The chance to take a year out to focus on research acts as a springboard for our fellows to further their career while driving forward a project that will lead to better care for patients at our hospitals.”

If you’re a member of staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with a passion for research, you may be eligible to apply for Imperial Health Charity's next Research Fellowship programme. Applications will open on 16 October 2023. You can find out more on the Imperial Health Charity website