New funding announced for pharmacy training bursaries

New funding announced for pharmacy training bursaries

Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) has announced a new round of funding that could appeal to pharmacists wanting to look into a new area of research or showcase their skills in the hope of impressing potential employers.

Applications for a funding round for the 2018 Personal Research Awards and Training Bursaries are open from now until 2nd May, leaving a good window of time for applicants to carefully research their arguments for funding, put together a proposal and send it off for review.

For the first time, funding is open to all pharmacists engaged in research in the UK, including non-Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) members. Although this opens up exciting opportunities for those who have never had the chance to apply before, it also likely means competition will be fierce and so entrants must offer watertight proposals.

PRUK are the biggest providers of pharmacy research funding in the UK and also provide other, smaller grants to active research professionals each year.

As part of the Personal Research Awards and Training Bursaries, there are three categories: Research Training, which is for community and primary care pharmacists keen to develop their investigative skills; Personal Research, also for community and primary care pharmacists; and the British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA-PRUK) Research Award, which is for pharmacy professionals new to research and looking to study a project in haematology or oncology.

According to the RPS, successful recipients of the award in previous years have carried out research in infection management, over-the-counter prescribing, psychology and public health, meaning anyone with any interest should be catered for.

Successfully applying for funding and carrying out a research project could be a real boost to anyone seeking to further their career in the pharmaceutical industry and would look excellent on a CV.

Applicants are invited to view the PRUK website for more information, or to email

In other news that is also likely to be of interest to pharmacy professionals eager to develop their skills or perhaps research information for a new role, the RPS recently launched a new consultant pharmacists' hub on its website.

The guide is designed for current and aspiring chief pharmacists and outlines the areas in which they work, analyses how the role meets current NHS strategies and provides details on how the RPS can provide additional support.