Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research has an ongoing research capacity development programme funded by NIHR to train future research leaders in primary care research. This programme aims to complement rather than replicate the training opportunities provided by the NIHR Training Coordinating Centre and other funding agencies such as MRC and Wellcome.

We offer training opportunities to remedy short-supply in areas of particular methodological importance to primary care research, e.g. statistical expertise, health economics expertise and health psychology expertise. The opportunities take the form of PhD studentships, clinical and non-clinical fellowships.

The SPCR awards are designed to complement the national schemes led by the NIHR Training Co-ordinating Centre.  They are advertised nationally by the SPCR and awarded after rigorous peer review. Applications are made centrally with candidates indicating their preferred host department. Each University will offer specific training opportunities reflecting their own areas of expertise.

Read about the capacity and development award application process and timing here.

All SPCR trainees are invited to the annual SPCR Trainees' Event in September where workshops, talks, networking opportunities and poster presentations are offered over a two day programme of activities. In addition, the School has established links to training at national and international events. Find out more about these opportunities here.