Welsh Government

Health Research Fellowship Award 2017

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce a new call for applications to the Health Research Fellowship scheme.

The call is now open for applications until 13:00 on Wednesday 29 November 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

To access the online application form and register on the electronic grants management system (eGAS), please click here: https://wales.soton.ac.uk/Easygrants/

Remit of the call

Health Research Fellowships aim to support individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high quality research. Applications are invited from across all sectors and scientific disciplines.

The Fellowship offers three years full-time funding (or four or five years part-time) to individuals who have no more than 60-months FTE postdoctoral research experience at the time of applying. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and demonstrate how the award will support the potential to become an independent researcher.  

Projects supported under this scheme should aim to provide robust evidence with clear relevance to patients, the public, service users, carers and/or the organisation and delivery of effective healthcare in Wales. The scheme will support the early stages of intervention development where knowledge obtained from these preliminary studies will provide the underpinning evidence for future pilot testing and evaluation. 

All applicants, including those wishing to undertake earlier translational research, should state clearly the likely impact of their findings in the short to medium term and how these will lead to improvements in healthcare or patient/public benefit.

As part of the Health Research Fellowship Call 2017, Health and Care Research Wales would particularly welcome applications addressing ‘Does co-production increase the sustainability of public services?’. Assuming sufficient scientific quality, it is Health and Care Research Wales’ intention to make at least one fellowship award in this area, subject to the application meeting the remit and required criteria. Further information is provided within the theme brief document below.

Supporting information

*Please note: These documents are to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form only, for example, to see how many characters are accepted in each section or how the printed complete form is laid out. Please do not try to use them as an application form; you must apply using the online form available through the links when calls are open. No other form of application will be accepted. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes which can also be found in the supporting information.


The following templates are available via the eGAS system via the uploads tab.

  • Fellowships detailed budget template 
  • Applicants CV template 
  • Suggested referee template 

Assessment process and dates

Proposals received by 13:00 on 29 November 2017 and are deemed to be in remit and competitive will be assessed for research need, feasibility, value for money and scientific quality by a shortlisting panel, which will consist of academics, methodologists, evidence users and members of the public in January 2018.

Shortlisted proposals will then be subject to peer review and the applicant invited to attend an interview panel in May 2018 which will also assess evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and how the award will support the potential applicant to become an independent researcher. Successful projects should be informed by June 2018.

Please note that applications to the fellowships award will be assessed by a shortlisting panel. If shortlisted, the lead applicant will be expected to attend an interview in Cardiff. The interview will be part of the assessment and applicants will be expected to attend in person.

Important Note: It will be a condition of funding that all successful projects will be expected to start on or before the 1 October 2018. You should ensure this is worked into your project plan as extensions to the start date will not be considered.

Some applications may be deemed ‘non-competitive’ and not taken forward for further assessment. ‘Non-competitive' means that a proposal is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment in comparison with other proposals received and funded by Health and Care Research Wales because it has little or no realistic prospect of funding. This may be because of scientific quality, cost, scale/duration, makeup of the project team or because the question is not considered to have sufficient public, practice or policy relevance.

Technical support and guidance

Queries and problems

If you have queries or problems preparing your proposal please refer to the guidance documents provided. You can also phone +44 (0)23 8059 1925 (24 hour answer phone), or email wales@soton.ac.uk

The application process flowchart (pdf)