We provide advice and support for early career researchers, including funding and mentors, and can direct you to other support services.  

SHAPE funding awards

Southampton Academy of Research (SoAR) in collaboration with Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) Wessex are offering an internship, transitional and post-doctoral funding award for 2020/2021.

Find out more and apply

Early Career Researcher Champions

Our early career researcher champions are all current researchers in Southampton. They come from a wide range of healthcare professions and offer support and advice.

NIHR Research Design Service

You can find out about the latest NIHR funding calls and other opportunities through NIHR Research Design Service South Central’s weekly email bulletin. Please email to sign up. 

NIHR academic training advocates

The NIHR academic training advocates support health research careers by promoting the training and career opportunities available. At different stages in their research career with varied professional experiences, they can help you find out how to start, develop or continue a health research career.

NIHR Nursing & Midwifery Incubator Advisory Service

The NIHR Nursing & Midwifery Incubator is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Research Design Service, it has created a virtual advisory service to help aspiring clinical academic nurses and midwifes to advance their research careers.

This is being piloted in three regions in England, including the South East. The pilot will run and be evaluated for about 6 months before it is rolled out to all other areas of England.

The service is accessed by completing an online enquiry form. Your enquiry will be reviewed by an experienced advisor based in your region, who will then arrange an online appointment and provide you with tailored advice.

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SoAR recognises the importance of mentoring for all researchers. If you are keen to find a mentor, or are wiling to mentor others, please get in touch