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Chamber and committees

Question reference: S6W-07144

  • Asked by: Kaukab Stewart, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 9 March 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 22 March 2022


To ask the Scottish Government what support it will provide for early career researchers in medical research (a) in general and (b) at the British Heart Foundation’s Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, in light of reports that its funding has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office run a range of Fellowship schemes for early career researchers to build capacity for health research in Scotland. These schemes are open to researchers in all fields including cardiovascular research. Applications are subject to peer review with funding recommendations made by independent panels.

Clinical Academic Training Fellowship Scheme to enable early career researchers to undertake a PhD.

Clinical Academic Fellowships – Chief Scientist Office (

NES/CSO Postdoctoral Clinical Lectureships to enable medics with a PhD to have 50% research time while completing training.

Joint NES/CSO Postdoctoral Clinical Lectureships – Chief Scientist Office (

Early Postdoctoral Fellowship providing 3 years of funding for early career researchers to develop their academic career.

Early Postdoctoral Fellowship – Chief Scientist Office (

Researchers at the British Heart Foundation's Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre are eligible for these awards.