Research Grants

Applications are invited from all College members and fellows for the 2019 RCEM research grants.

Grant application forms can be downloaded from here. For advice on writing a grant application see www.mrc.ac.uk and the following headings should be used:

  • Introduction - what is already known in this area
  • Research Question - usually as a 3 or 4 part question
  • Methods - including sample size calculation if relevant, how the statistical analysis of results will be performed and a timeline for the project.
  • Project Budget Sheet - details of exact costs of proposed project
  • Project timeline - a detailed plan
  • Reasons for support requested - include importance of the question to Emergency Medicine, and future potential of the work for attracting further research funding

Applications will be rated according to the quality of science, the relevance to Emergency Medicine, the potential for academic development of the lead applicant, deliverability and the likelihood that the work will lead to future research funding. Successful applicants will be expected to produce a short report in the approved format on the progress of the project every 12 months and also to present their work at the RCEM Annual Scientific Conference. More application guidance can be found here.

Applications are particularly welcome from trainees, specialty doctors, consultants within 5 years of CCT and consultants without an established research background who wish to develop an academic portfolio.

The lead applicant must a member or fellow of the College. A team-based approach with strong EM leadership is encouraged. Appropriate commercial and non-commercial partnerships are welcome.

These grants are potentially eligible for inclusion on the UKCRN Portfolio and for support from your local clinical research network. Preference will be given to applicants who submit projects likely to lead to UKCRN Portfolio adoption.

Applications are particularly welcome themed around the RCEM Top 30 Research priorities, in conjunction with the James Lind Alliance.

Please send your application along with a copy of your CV to the College office or via email to simon.howes@rcem.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 6 September 2019.

For further information regarding the application process please contact:
Simon Howes, College of Emergency Medicine, email: simon.howes@rcem.ac.uk 
Matt Reed, RCEM Professor, email: matthew.reed@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

RCEM Research Grants for Low Income Countries 

Applications are invited for RCEM grants to undertake emergency medicine research in low income countries. The RCEM would like to encourage applications up to £5,000 for a research application focused on improving the delivery of emergency medicine in low income countries around a theme of either systems-building, or educational research. Applicants should:

  1. Be practising emergency medicine in a low-income country
  2. Show collaboration on the project with a member or fellow of the UK Royal College of Emergency Medicine who should also be a co-applicant
A grant application form please can be found here. For advice on writing a grant application see mrc.ukri.org The following headings should be used:
Purpose and Background - what is already known in this area and an outline of the value the research will bring to emergency medicine

A Plan of investigation which should include:


  • Research Question - usually as a 3 or 4 part question
  • Methods - including sample size calculation if relevant, how the statistical analysis of results will be performed and a timeline for the project.
  • Project Budget Sheet - details of exact costs of proposed project
  • Project timeline - a detailed plan 
  • Dissemination - an outline of how the research findings will be disseminated to inform clinical practice and service delivery
  • Reasons for support requested - include importance of the question to Emergency Medicine, and future potential of the work for attracting further research funding
Applications will be rated according to the quality of science, the importance of the underlying research program, the strength and value of the collaboration with Members and Fellows of the College of Emergency Medicine. Due regard will be given to the relative wealth of the country or countries in which the research will be carried out and the findings acted upon. Successful applicants will be expected to produce a short report in the approved format on the progress of the project every 12 months, and may also be invited to present the findings of the study at our Annual Scientific Conference. 

Please send your application along with a copy of your CV to the College office by 5pm Friday 6 September 2019.

For further information regarding the application process please contact:

Alasdair Gray, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chair of Research and Publications Committee, Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Edinburgh Emergency Medicine
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Edinburgh, EH16 4SA

alasdair.gray@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk