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Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship

Description of the Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship

This Fellowship has been established in recognition of the life and work of Professor Harry Keen, a clinical pioneer who helped to shape the understanding of diabetes and its treatment. 

Professor Harry Keen

The Diabetes UK Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical Fellowship allows outstanding medically qualified professionals, and other clinically qualified professionals, including nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions, who have gained a PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD (Res)), to establish themselves as independent researchers with a view to a long-term career as a clinical research leader in the field of diabetes.

It is expected that the applicant’s proposed research will be informed and strengthened by their clinical work. Applications will be accepted from basic science studies which have direct relevance to the aetiology or treatment of diabetes through to translational and clinical research.

Support may be requested for up to five years depending on the applicant’s situation - please see the eligibility criteria for further details. 

Eligibility

  • Diabetes UK Fellowships must be held at a UK-based institute.
  • Applicants should have previously undergone a period of research training and must have completed a PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD (Res)). 
  • Applicants of any nationality may apply but must normally have been resident and working in the EEA (European Economic Area) for three years immediately prior to their application.
  • Medical candidates should have a national training number (NTN) or have obtained their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT/CCST) but should be no more than 3 years post CCT.
  • Other clinically qualified professional candidates (including nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions) must have current registration with the relevant professional body/council of their profession.
  • GPs are advised to contact the office to clarify their eligibility. 

Medical candidates

To apply for up to four years support
Applicants must be close to completing their higher clinical training, or have finished their higher clinical training, but be no more than three years post CCT. The extent of clinical commitment during the Fellowship is negotiable depending on the specific circumstances, but Diabetes UK would normally expect that Fellows spend at least 50% of their time on research. This will depend on the training stage of the Fellow and be at the discretion of the funding Panel. After CCT it is expected that 70% of time would be spent on research.

To apply for up to five years support
Applicants who require more than one year’s clinical training before CCT may apply for up to five years support. At least 50% of time should normally be devoted to research. This will depend on the training stage of the Fellow and be at the discretion of the funding Panel. After CCT it is expected that 70% of time would be spent on research.

Other clinically qualified professional candidates (including nurses, pharmacists and members of the Allied Health Professions)

Applicants may apply for up to four years support. The extent of clinical commitment during the Fellowship is negotiable depending on the specific circumstances, but Diabetes UK would normally expect that Fellows spend at least 70% of their time on research. This will be at the discretion of the funding Panel.

We understand that the training pathways for these disciplines may vary. Therefore, if you are a nurse, pharmacist or work in an allied health profession please contact the Diabetes UK Research Team to discuss your eligibility for this scheme. 

Applicants who are unsure of the period of support available to them should contact the Diabetes UK Research Team for clarification. Due allowance will be given to those whose career has been affected by a late start or for personal reasons. Fellowships may be taken up on a part time basis where appropriate and this should be discussed with the Diabetes UK Research Team.

Financial support

Please note that Grants will be cash-limited at the point of award and Diabetes UK will not award supplementary funds.

Fellow’s salary

The salary for the Fellow will be provided and should be set by the host institute at an appropriate level and in line with the applicant’s experience. Diabetes UK is willing to consider funding salary costs for up to 11 programmed activities. If a Fellowship award is recommended, the Fellow will be required to provide a copy of their contract with their substantive employer and job plan for the period to be funded prior to confirmation of the award.

Applicants expecting to be awarded an Honorary Consultant contract during the period of the award should cost in the anticipated increase in salary at the point of application.

Running expenses

The Fellowship will provide research expenses (materials and consumables, collaborative travel and project-specific pieces of equipment).

Costs associated with travel and registration for conferences may also be requested in addition to the budget. 

All costs must be fully justified and value for money will be assessed by the Panel. Please note that the final level of award will be at the discretion of the Funding Panel. 

Other costs

The salary of a technician or research assistant may also be requested. Applicants should ensure that these costs are fully justified in their application and note that the award of additional staff posts on the grant is at the discretion of the Panel.

Training overseas

Funding for a period of research overseas (up to a maximum of 12 months) may be requested and must be fully justified in the application.

Costs for research taking place in the NHS 

Applications that include NHS resources should be aware of the AcoRD guidelines. As an AMRC member charity, Diabetes UK would expect any research costs identified as ‘Part B’ (e.g. local study trial co-ordination or data collection) for work that is carried out by existing staff employed by the NHS, NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) or other clinical organisations to be paid by the Department of Health through local networks or the appropriate NHS trust. As a member of the AMRC, Diabetes UK will not meet these costs. 

Diabetes UK encourages applicants to talk to their NHS R&D department and local network as they design their study, to ensure all costs are correctly attributed, and studies are designed to make effective use of research support staff.

How to apply / receipt and processing of applications

Preliminary applications

Applicants should, in the first instance, submit a preliminary application. This must be completed through our online portal and should contain the following information:

  1. CV of the proposed Fellow
  2. CV of the proposed Sponsor(s)
  3. A brief outline of the proposed research
  4. Approximate costings.
  5. A letter of support from the administering institute. Any commitment to the Fellow, which will be provided by the host institution post fellowship, should be detailed in this letter.
  6. A letter of support from your proposed Sponsor.
  7. A letter of support from an academic who is not your proposed Sponsor.
  8. Those applicants who have not completed their clinical training should provide a detailed plan for doing so. This plan must be approved by the relevant Royal College or post graduate Dean or Regional Training Director prior to application. A letter confirming approval should be included with the preliminary application.

Preliminary applications will be sent to a specialist Panel to review their eligibility for the scheme and to make recommendations on which applicants should be invited to submit a full application.

Sponsor(s)

All applicants must have identified a Sponsor before applying. Diabetes UK cannot identify Sponsors for potential applicants and will not accept applications from applicants without a potential Sponsor. The Sponsor will lead the research group that hosts your Fellowship and must hold a contract of employment at a UK institution that extends beyond the proposed end date of the Fellowship. The Sponsor must be in a position to guarantee a successful applicant space and facilities for the duration of the Fellowship.

Full applications

Full applications will be sent out for peer review to researchers who have not published with or worked in the same institution as any of the applicants for at least five years. Please consider this when suggesting reviewers for the application. Following peer review, the Panel will shortlist applicants for interview. Applicants will be informed via email whether they have been shortlisted and shortlisted Applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the relevant Panel.

Interviews

Interviews will take place in November 2017. Applicants will be notified as to the success of their application by email and letter shortly after interview.

Deadlines / timescales

Task Deadline

Call for preliminary applications opens

30 January 2017

Deadline for preliminary applications

18 March 2017

Full applications invited

Mid April 2017

Deadline for full applications

17 July 2017

Interview shortlisting announced

Mid October 2017

Interviews

Mid November 2017 (dates TBC)

Assessment criteria

Full applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality of the proposal and its relevance to people with diabetes
  • Applicant’s research and clinical career to date
  • Applicant’s leadership potential
  • Quality of research environment and support 

Additional information

Please note that the successful applicant will be eligible for the Academy of Medical Sciences mentoring scheme