Welsh Government

Health Research Fellowship Award 2019

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

This scheme will close to applications on Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 13:00. Late applications will not be considered.

To access the online application form and register on the electronic grants management system (eGAS) please click here

Remit of the call

The fellowship aims to support individuals to become independent researchers through leading and undertaking high-quality research. The fellowship offers up to three years full-time funding (or four or five years part-time), to individuals who have no more than 60-months Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) postdoctoral research experience at the time of applying.

Applications are invited from individuals working across any health-related or scientific discipline to undertake research with demonstrable public, health service practice or policy benefit that which will add to the health research evidence base.

Applicants should show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and demonstrate how the award will support their potential to become an independent researcher. Health and Care Research Wales consider this a training fellowship and applications should therefore describe a comprehensive training and development programme that the host institution will provide in order to meet identified training needs leading to independent investigator status.

The fellowship will support translational through to applied health services research, including prevention and population health research, and topics relevant to health and social care service integration. Projects focused on pilot and feasibility work, or the early stages of intervention development, where knowledge obtained from these preliminary studies will inform larger future bids, are eligible.

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

Applicants should also note the new Excess Treatment and Support Costs process. Since October 2018, researchers applying for certain clinical research grants are required to complete a Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT) as part of the grant application process. Further information is available in the call guidance documents.

Priority areas

All projects meeting the general remit in the call guidance are eligible for consideration. However, Health and Care Research Wales particularly welcomes applications addressing the challenges set out in ‘A Healthier Wales’, the Welsh Government’s plan for health and social care following the publication of the Parliamentary review: ‘A Revolution From Within: Transforming Health and Social Care in Wales’ (January 2018).

Further information can be found in the guidance notes for the call.

Assessment process and dates

This is a one-stage application process. Applications received by 13:00 on the 27 November 2019 and that are deemed to be in remit and competitive will be assessed for importance, feasibility, value for money and scientific quality by a shortlisting panel in January 2020. Please note that if a very high response is received, some applications may not be taken forward for further assessment if they are deemed to be non-competitive.

If shortlisted, the lead applicant will be expected to attend an interview in Cardiff in May 2020 as part of the assessment and will be expected to attend in person.

Proposals will be peer reviewed ahead of the interview date, and the reviews will be shared with the applicant so that they are able to address any comments from reviewers during their interview. Successful applicants should be informed of the outcome by June 2020.

Important: It will be a condition of funding that all successful projects will be expected to start on or before the 1 October 2020. You should ensure this is worked into your project plan as extensions to start date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Requests for delays to accommodate leave must be communicated to the grants administration team as soon as possible, so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please see the Guidance for Applicants for further information.

Call guidance

*This document is for reference only and is intended to only be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form. Applications can only be submitted using eGAS.


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

Technical guidance

Contact us

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

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