'How can I access funding?' is one of the most commonly asked research-related questions. It isn't easy, is the simple and honest answer.

When you are starting out in research, it helps to align yourself with someone who is already established and preferably, who is working in the research area that you are interested in.

Remember, it is not always necessary to have funding to conduct small research projects. What is essential is enthusiasm and time.

It is important to make contact with your Research and Development unit manager to talk through your research ideas and aspirations.

They will have information about local as well as national funding options including access to any in-house pump priming or capability funding.

For many AHPs, formal research training may be an option and this can include access to funded MRes places through the NIHR programme and access to funding for PhD work through fellowship and Clinical Academic Training schemes.

For further guidance on funding please click here.

Cheshire & Merseyside AHP Bursary Scheme

The Cheshire & Merseyside Research Hub periodically offers bursaries of up to £1,000 to facilitate small scale research studies conducted and led by AHPs.

These are only open to AHPs (registered with HCPC) who work in the Cheshire & Merseyside region.

The applicant is expected to complete a small research project and provide a written report of results.

Examples of suitable studies may include pilot work (small scale preliminary studies) and proof of concept (feasibility studies collecting and analysing data to obtain evidence to support or refute ideas or plans).

Preference will be given to projects that incorporate patient and public involvement.

Funding may be used in a number of ways, for example:
  • To back fill staff time – release researcher from clinical duties to undertake the research
  • For training – for help with statistics, surveys, interviews, etc
  • For transcription costs
  • For payment of patient and public expenses
Only direct costs can be covered by the bursary.

The applicant is expected to forge a link with their NHS Trust Research office and establish a mentor within the Trust, who will be able to provide support.

We will publish details here when the next round of applications to the scheme are open.