Frequently asked questions for research fellows
What are the Trust’s priority areas for support?
The priority areas for support are:
- Research by scientists, clinicians and allied health professionals into the causes and treatments of disease, disability and frailty related to ageing
- Innovative projects to improve the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care
What kind of fellowships does the Trust offer ?
The Trust has an established programme of Research Training Fellowships as a way to support talented clinicians, health professionals and scientists who would like a career in research in research aimed at improving care for older people.
The Trust also works in partnership with a number of other organisations to provide additional fellowship opportunities.
The appointment procedures, exact terms and closing dates for research fellowships vary. Potential applicants will need to satisfy specific conditions which are made available at the time of advertisement.
Where can I see what sort of work the Trust funds?
You can see examples of our funded fellows in the Our work in action section
Where can I find the deadlines for submission of an application?
For joint research fellowships (those we fund in partnership with the medical Royal Colleges), deadlines are set by our partner organizations who should be approached for more information.
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
The timetable for application and decision will be published at the time of the call for proposals.
What is the application process?
Submission of a detailed application form is firstly required. Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview. The interviews generally always take place in early May. Details regarding the interview will be provided to short-listed candidates.
How are applications assessed?
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Novelty of the research proposal
- Academic quality of the research proposal
- Feasibility of the research plan
- Credibility and feasibility of plans to achieve benefit beyond the academic community to improve the health and well-being of older people
- Credibility and feasibility of career development plan and quality and suitability of institutional support
- The potential of the candidate as a researcher and evidence of their ability, enthusiasm and commitment to pursue a successful career in research
- The quality of the proposed research training programme
Is there a standard application form?
We require the submission of one detailed application form on our Grants Management Portal. Firstly, you will need to register on our Portal and then select the Research Training Fellowship scheme. The online application form will only be available to complete when the scheme is open and so do check current deadlines for opening and closing dates.
You can download a copy of the application form to help you start planning your application. However, please remember that applications will only be considered if they have been submitted on the portal during the submission period. We will not be able to consider any applications that are emailed or posted to the office.
Where can I find help on registering for and using Dunhill's online Grants Management Portal?
What costs will we cover?
The costs of a Research Training Fellowship will be expected to be in the range of £30k to £65k p.a. in total based on FTE salary costs (and will not normally exceed £65k p.a.). The award will be expected to cover:
- an individual’s salary (at the appropriate grade on the relevant pay scale), plus on-costs, or a PhD stipend (at an appropriate rate, dependent on the location of the higher education institution)
- an additional amount not exceeding £10,000 p.a. to cover research expenses (tuition and other course fees; travel; consumables; small equipment etc.)
If you are proposing to do your fellowship on a part-time basis, please note that your salary request will have to be prorated accordingly.
Please note that we will not contribute towards the Apprenticeship levy.
Guidance on specific non-staff cost items:
- Travel and subsistence costs for the fellow. These will normally be met and should be based on the most suitable and economical form of travel.
- Conference costs. The costs of attendance at conferences by the fellow may be met up to a total of £1,000 per grant where this is shown to be of benefit to the research. Requests over this amount will require detailed justification and will only be met in exceptional circumstances.
- Requests for project-specific items of equipment costing up to £10k may be met but should be fully justified.
- Non-UK costs (for e.g. specialist tests or assays) may be met, on condition that full justification is provided. It will, however, be the responsibility of the host institution to reimburse the non-UK institution for carrying out such tests.
- Computers and other IT equipment dedicated to the project may be met, on condition that full justification is provided.
- For data storage and archiving, we will contribute 50% towards these costs, up to a maximum of £500 per grant.
- We will meet justified payments for public involvement at INVOLVE rates
- Impact-related costs will be met
- Training course costs will be met
Excess Treatment Costs
From 1 October 2018 the way in which Excess treatment Costs (RTCs) are assessed and paid is changing. The process will now be managed by the NIHR Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs) on behalf of their region’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). In order to assess applications that include ETCs the Health Regulatory Authority (HRA) have mandated that researchers will be required to complete a new form known as a ‘Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT)’ for clinical research. This schedule will form part of the IRAS application process and it will not be possible for researchers to apply for ethical approval for studies that include ETCs if it has not been completed.
Researchers who study includes ETCs and who have been invited to submit a full DMT application will need to complete a SoECAT and submit it to the AcoRD Specialist for your region. Once the specialist has authorised your costs, the authorised version must be uploaded to your DMT application using the file upload function.
To help researchers the NIHR have produced a dedicated web page, where researchers can download guidance and the SoECAT. Researchers should also consult the NIHR AcoRD web page for guidance on attributing costs and this page also contains a link to the regional AcoRD specialists
Although the SoECAT is only applicable to full applications, applicants submitting an outline application to DMT which includes ETCs are urged to look at the advice provided by NIHR and to contact their regions AcoRD Specialist to determine the likely turnaround time for their SoECAT, so that they are aware of the timescales involved if invited to submit a full application.
If a researcher is concerned that their SoECAT will not be authorised in time for DMTs submission deadline, they are strongly advised to contact the Trust immediate.
Do you accept applications for research involving the use of animals?
In line with our grant making policy, we will only support the use of protected animals in research where no viable alternative exists and applicants are required to comply with guidance published by the National Centre for the Refinement, Replacement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). Where an applicant intends to use animals in the proposed research, they will be required to complete a detailed section of the application form.
Do you accept applications for research involving research conducted in a Clinical Trials Unit?
Yes. If you intend to carry out the research in a Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), you will need to complete a detailed section in the application form.
Will the Trust act as a research sponsor?
No. All successful research applicants need to provide evidence of the acceptance of the proposed sponsor to undertake this responsibility before a research grant can be confirmed, or provide a nil return stating that the object of the research does not fall within NHS research governance requirements.
Will I need to obtain ethical approval or a Home Office Licence before I apply?
No. Evidence of HRA approval or a Home Office Licence will need to be provided prior to you starting your project and any grant offer will be conditional upon proof of ethical approval, research sponsorship arrangements, etc. It is not expected that these will be in place during the application process, though.
Does the Trust have an Open Access Policy?
Yes, as a member of a consortium of biomedical and health research funders that contribute to the funding of Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC).
Does the Trust provide funding to cover Open Access fees?
In line with its open access policy, the Trust will provide a contribution towards the valid costs of open access fees levied by publishers who support the open access model, but demand payment to allow manuscripts to be made available on Europe PMC within 6 months of the official date of publication.
When publishing papers arising from our funded grants, grant holders must also ensure that the Trust is correctly acknowledged.
Does the Trust have a policy on Intellectual Property Rights?
As described in Clause 7 of Terms and Conditions for Grants, in certain circumstances the Trust may make any grant offer to support research conditional upon securing an Intellectual Property Agreement for the sharing of any commercial revenues that may arise as a result of the work it has funded.
The downloadable specimen Intellectual Property Agreement is available from the Resources area of the website.
What is Researchfish?
Researchfish is an online research impact assessment platform developed specifically for collecting research outcomes and impacts. For more details on how the Trust uses Researchfish and what this means for our grant-holders please click here.
Does the Trust have links to the tobacco industry?
No. The Trust does not receive or seek funds from any external body and promotes the highest ethical practices in scientific and medical research and fully complies with the Joint Protocol of Cancer Research and Universities UK on Tobacco Industry Funding to Universities (2004). Please read about our history.
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