Support, facilities and collaborators

The Sheffield Clinical Academic Training programme has well-developed collaborations, with access to excellent facilities and cross-disciplinary research excellence and support.


Training resources

All NIHR ACFs can utilise their NIHR research training budget with access to internal and sometimes external modular or short-term programmes. The modules under the Clinical Research MSc are often a first option for skills development. However, the University is increasingly widening the range of courses trainees can access to develop their skill set.

Trainees are also encouraged to access the Think Ahead programme, designed to support early career researchers. Think Ahead is a comprehensive blend of training workshops, career mentoring, support for grant and fellowship applications and mock interviews.

SuppoRTT offers support to those who have taken time out of programme.  Dr Ruth Payne, Consultant Microbiologist and previous CL at Sheffield, is the Regional SuppoRTT co-Champion for IAT. She leads work that has supported transitions between clinical and academic training, including time out of programme. 

Pump-priming grants are available for ACFs and CLs. These are competitive and peer-reviewed. If you are a current NIHR trainee and wish to apply, contact

Funding is also available in some circumstances to cover publication costs. All other avenues of funding need to be explored first in order to be eligible. The admin team will be happy to discuss this with any postgraduate clinical academic trainees.

Research infrastructure

Sheffield has access to world-class facilities and research institutes. These include

The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) hosts

Equality, diversity and inclusion in clinical academic training

The University of Sheffield strategy (2020-2025) prioritises equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) via its One University pillar. The clinical academic training programme links directly to this work and is implementing several areas to improve access and inclusion to clinical academic training, including

The clinical academic training programme is open to looking at other areas of need under the EDI banner. If trainees have any concerns related to this area, or an interest they wish to explore, they should contact the team at

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.