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Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Offers advice to researchers (click here) and various grant opportunities (click here)

RCEM grants

Grant application forms and a guidance document can be downloaded here.

Further information with some top tips can be found in this video


RCEM Research Grants for Low Income countries

RCEM undergraduate prize

RCEM offer two categories of prizes:

  1. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Research Essay Prize
  2. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Quality Improvement Essay Prize

CSO grant funding

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) provided a number of different funding steams to directly support research in Scotland.

NHS Research Scotland

NHS Research Scotland offer fellowships including CSO Clinical Academic Fellowships for postgraduates, NES/CSO Postdoctoral Clinical Lectureships for medical doctors in speciality training who have completed a PhD but wish to spend 50% of their time on research and 50% of time on clinical training and NRS Career Researcher Fellowships for clinicians who have completed CCT.

NIHR Trauma and Emergency Care

The NIHR provides researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in both the NHS and the wider health and social care environment. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) supported 169 studies on injuries and emergencies, 59 of which were new studies, and recruited 74,677 patients to studies last year (2018/19).

NRS Trauma and Emergencies

In Scotland the NHS Research Scotland Trauma and Emergencies is the equivalent of the NIHR Trauma and Emergencies CRN.


The Academic and Clinical Central Office for Research and Development (ACCORD) is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian Health Board and support all NHS Lothian research projects.


The Usher Institute sits within the Edinburgh Medical School in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and is where Acute Care Edinburgh is based.

Click here for funding opportunities


European Society of Emergency Medicine


TERN is the Trainee Emergency Research Network. TERN was started and funded in 2018 by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The TERN network was created to fulfil a number of different aims.

TERN was inspired by the successful research networks of anaesthetics, surgeons, and paediatric emergency physicians. It was formed to improve access to research opportunities & demystify clinical research in Emergency Medicine.

It is a collaborative research network that seeks to produce pragmatic research projects which can rapidly influence practice.  

This approach aims to provide research opportunities for all trainees in EM. Through collaborative project design, provision of support & training, and research infrastructure, we hope to make research more accessible.