Health Education England / NIHR ICA BRIDGING SCHEME

Are you a Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional, Pharmacist or Healthcare Scientist?

Have you completed or are about to complete a masters level degree or a PhD?

Could you be looking to undertake a PhD or a post-doctoral level fellowship? 

Do you want to make a difference through undertaking high quality clinical research?


These awards are funded by Health Education England and managed and delivered by NHS R&D North West.  They are available to non-medical health professionals who are employed by a provider of health and/or care services in the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber who provide at least 50% of its services free at the point of delivery.

To support the national agenda to increase research capacity and contribute to the improvement in patient outcomes, the scheme will include;

  • A dedicated period within which to develop your research proposal to form the basis of an application for a HEE ICA fellowship or alternative.
  • An opportunity for you to assess your current levels of ‘researcher’ skills and competence allowing you to identify, plan and commence your developmental activity.
  • Engagement with advanced research techniques.
  • Enhancement of your personal development of written, oral presentation and other communicative abilities required by clinical academic researchers.
  • The opportunity to widen your research network links at regional, national and potentially international level.
  • Development of the skills and knowledge required for you to become a lead investigator and research leader of the future.


The pre-doctoral bridging scheme award is for those fellows with research Masters-level qualification (or evidence of postgraduate study at level 7) looking to undertake a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) or equivalent opportunity.

For further details and to download an application form and guidance notes please click here.


The post-doctoral bridging scheme award is for those fellows who have already completed a PhD (or are about to complete a PhD immediately prior to commencement of the scheme) and are looking to apply for a Clinical Lectureship (CL) or equivalent opportunity.

For further details and to download an application form and guidance notes please click here.


In addition, to inform potential applicants about the programme and the application process, we will be holding 2 online Q&A sessions open for anyone to join who wishes to know more about the scheme and ask any questions.  These will be an hour in duration, 12pm – 1pm, and held on MS Teams, the dates of these sessions are;

19th July 20222.

Please click here to join this session.

10th August 2022.

Please click here to join this session. 


Applications for both schemes are now being accepted and the closing date is the 19th August 2022.

For additional information please contact joanne.simpson@researchnorthwest.nhs.uk.

For more information of previous cohorts please visit our ARCHIVE.