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ACPICR Research Fund

The ACPICR Research Fund has been set up to support ACPICR members in their professional development. You may apply for funding towards research as itemised below:

  • Research projects or studies associated with post graduate qualifications
  • Equipment for pilot study eg cost of pedometers, shuttle walk, heart rate monitors
  • Support towards writing up your project in a journal or your Master’s Dissertation/PhD thesis
  • Travel support eg to attend meetings with your supervisor(s)
  • Support towards text books or purchasing a Reference Manager
  • Presenting your research at conferences.

The maximum amount awarded will be £1000 or a percentage of the total claim whichever is the lower amount. Successful applicants will be eligible for one award every 2 years. 


Criteria for the award 

  • The applicant should be a present member of the ACPICR and have been a member for a minimum of 2 consecutive years.
  •  Funding will only be allocated towards research activity within the field of cardiac rehabilitation.


How to apply

  • Applicants should apply by returning the form below to the Research Officer: Dr Sally Turner   stating the amount of support applied for, and providing a copy of the Research Proposal and details of financial support already granted.
  • When applying for assistance with travel it is expected the applicant will travel by the least expensive means and make efforts to reduce costs where possible.
  • Applications will be considered by the chairpersons and Education Officer unless they declare an interest in the application. The reviewers will consider the benefit of the award to both the applicant and the provision and development of cardiac rehabilitation. The reviewers will be blinded to the applicants details. This process can take up to 4 weeks.
  • Applicants will be advised the amount they have been awarded or reasons why their application was not successful. The decision will be final and not open to appeal.
  • A condition of the award will be that the successful applicant will be expected to write a summary for ACPICR promotional activities
  •  The ACPICR will publish the names of members awarded grants and an abstract of your research will be put on the ACPICR website.


Research Fund application form 1

Research fund application form 2


Here are a few tips to help you in the early stages of planning:


  • Download the CSP publication Getting Involved in Research – a pocket guide by Elizabeth White.  This excellent booklet will help you to demystify the processes involved.
  • Establish whether your research idea is Research, Clinical Audit or an Evaluation – if Research, then obtaining Ethics approval is a legal requirement. The table attached at the end of this document from the CSP guide will help you to decide whether your project comes under the heading of Research.
  • Still unsure?  Then in England* for NHS staff contact the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) to check whether your idea constitutes ‘Research’.  You can contact NRES at *
  • Equivalent organisations are found in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland.  In addition, the NRES has produced a leaflet to help you with your decision obtainable at:
  • You will also need to attach an outline of your proposal (not more than one page) stating the purpose of the study, methodology, type of participant and planned location for your research. If you are doing your research via a university, you will need to go through the university’s ethics committee.
  • GAfREC is the United Kingdom’s Health Departments’ Governance Arrangements for Research Ethic Committees and they have a website from which may be downloaded ‘Governance arrangements for Research Ethics Services: a harmonised edition’. DoH April 2012 updated version.
  • If working in the NHS, you will require formal permission from your Trust regarding development of your project, permission, setting up, running and completing the study. You will need to consider funding and costing the project, and the timescale.
  • You will need a research sponsor which could be your NHS Trust, a university especially if you are doing a Masters or Doctorate degree or for example a Charity.
  • You will also require a research supervisor or research team to clarify the processes involved. This should be someone or a team member with experience in your field of study.
  • You will need to be aware that obtaining permission to carry out research is both complex and extremely time-consuming. You should be aware of basic research requirements such as obtaining informed consent from participants, and protecting data collection in terms of confidentiality storage and retention.