Clinical Research Fellowship 2020

Call Summary

Opening Date: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Closing Date: 12 noon (Irish time) Wednesday 5th June 2019

Fellowship Start Date: July 2020
Duration of Funding: Up to 3 years

Who can apply: Clinicians undertaking Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics; Nurses working in Paediatrics; Allied health professionals working in Paediatrics.


The aim of the NCRC Clinical Research Fellowship is to support suitably qualified Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Medicine (MD), and Master of Science (MSc) candidates to pursue research, full- or part-time, in the field of paediatric medicine. By supporting excellent new investigators, the NCRC aims to develop, consolidate, and sustain high quality clinical research in key areas of child health.

The NCRC Clinical Research Fellowship is aimed at medical doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals working in paediatrics. It is designed to offer a range of options to encourage research across a spectrum of clinical activities. These awards aim to inculcate and foster research as part of clinical practice, and to ensure that research is directly relevant to the sick child.

The future development of high-quality paediatric research, both at the NCRC and nationally, is at the heart of this call. The successful applications must:

  • be in an area of importance to child health;
  • demonstrate how meaningful impact will result from the proposed project;
  • have the potential to strengthen and grow the identified areas by current or future collaboration, engage with other funding agencies, and build partnerships.

A central part of this call is to provide investigators that are relatively new to research with an opportunity to gain a thorough education in research practice. Evidence, including written support from an Academic Supervisor and a Clinical Supervisor, of a strong support team around the applicant will be essential. A supervisory plan will also be required to demonstrate that sufficient time and guidance will be given to the applicants to ensure success of the project, if funded. Finally, while it is expected that applicants initiate the proposal, they must receive strong input from their supervisor(s) throughout the application process. Neither the applicant nor the supervisor(s) should write the application alone.

Focus of the Call

The focus of this call is on the following areas within the NCRC current strategy:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Cardiology and/or Vascular Biology
  • Child and Adolescent Cancer
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Immunity and Infection, including, but not limited to
    • Allergy & Eczema
    • Chronic inflammatory diseases
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Gastroenterology
    • Infectious diseases
    • Obesity and Diabetes
    • Rheumatology
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics

Applications may be drawn from outside of these areas, but applicants must provide evidence that the thematic research area proposed will be sustainable beyond this application and will have the potential to develop into a research theme going into the future.

Eligibility Criteria

This funding call is open to medical doctors, nurses and allied health professionals wishing to engage in translational paediatric research. In order to be eligible to apply for an NCRC Clinical Research Fellowship, applicants require the support of an Academic Supervisor and a Clinical Supervisor. Please note that a Principal Investigator/Consultant may act as an Academic and/or Clinical Supervisor for a maximum of three NCRC Clinical Research Fellows.

Please note that if the proposed project involves patients, a suitability qualified Consultant, covered by the State Claims Agency’s Clinical Indemnity Scheme, must agree to act as a supervisor, and, should the application be successful, accept responsibility for those patients. Additionally, written approval from the hospital(s) where the research is to take place will be a requirement of funding.

We ask that applicants confirm that all eligibility criteria for this scheme are met before completing the application form as applications deemed ineligible will not be reviewed by the NCRC. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact us using details provided below.

Lead Applicant Eligibility

The NCRC Clinical Research Fellow applicant is considered the Lead Applicant.

To be eligible lead applicants must:

  • be registered in Ireland as a medical doctor, nurse, or allied health professional;
  • have a strong background in paediatrics;
  • have proof that they will receive suitable academic and clinical supervision for the duration of the proposed project.

Please note that medical doctors applying for the Clinical Research Fellowship must be undertaking Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics. Further, applications will not be accepted from Consultants.

Supervisor Eligibility

The Academic Supervisor must:

  • hold a contract of sufficient duration with an Irish Higher Education Institution to support the proposed research from the project start date until the project end;
  • have at least three senior (first, joint first, or last) author publications in peer reviewed journals;
  • be, or have been, a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI, on a competitively awarded, internationally peer-reviewed research grant;
  • have significant and demonstrable experience in translational research as evidenced by a minimum of 5 years postdoctoral research experience;
  • have the capability and authority to supervise and mentor postgraduate students.

We recommend that the Lead Applicant ensures that the proposed Academic Supervisor meets their Higher Education Institution’s requirements for a research degree supervisor before beginning the application form.

The Clinical Supervisor must:

  • hold a contract of sufficient duration with an Irish Public Hospital to support the proposed research from the project start date until the project end;
  • have significant and demonstrable experience in paediatric healthcare;
  • have the capability and authority to supervise and mentor junior team members.

For full eligibility criteria please see the CRF2020 Applicant Guidelines below.

Application Process

All applications must be made through the NCRC Grant Tracker online system. In order to access the online application, applicants must register at the following address:

Once registered, applicants will receive a confirmation email containing their login details.

While the CRF2020 Applicant Guidelines include a brief overview of the application process, applicants should refer to the System Help document, available through the NCRC Grant Tracker online system, for detailed instructions on how to use the system. In addition, a short training presentation with voice over can be found here. Please note that to hear the accompanying audio you will need to you need to start the presentation by clicking on the “slide show” button.

Incomplete, incorrectly completed, or late applications will not be considered.

Key Dates

Call OpeningWednesday 17th April 2019
Call Closing12 noon (Irish time) Wednesday 5th June 2019
Applicant InterviewsQ4 2019
Estimated Date of OutcomeQ4 2019
Project Start DateJuly 2020


If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr Alice Coughlan
Research Grants Manager
Phone: 01-4096419

Call Documents

CRF2020 Applicant Guidelines (.pdf)
CRF2020 Sample Application Form (.pdf)
CRF2020 Institutional Letter of Support (.docx)
CRF2020 Applicant Template CV (.docx) 
CRF2020 Supervisor Template CV (.docx) 
CRF2020 Current Department Head/Workplace Supervisor Declaration of Support Template CV (.docx) 
CRF2020 Intended Department Head/Workplace Supervisor Declaration of Support Template CV (.docx)