Radiography Research: How could you make a difference?

The CoR has funding opportunities for members at every level of their studies and career.

Published: 14 February 2022 CoR

At the Society and College of Radiographers (SoR | CoR), we believe in practice-led research and the power it has to improve the patient experience.

Research is for everyone and can be done at every level of your career, whether you are a student, newly qualified or an experienced radiography professional. It really is never too early or too late to start thinking about undertaking research.

To support you in your research ambitions the College of Radiographers (CoR) has an extensive catalogue of funding opportunities. From grants to attend conferences, to specific research awards sponsored by our industry partners and doctoral fellowship awards, there really is something for everyone.

Upcoming Opportunities 

UKIO Attendance Grants | Deadline: Friday 25 February 2022

The United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology (UKIO) Congress will return this year between 4 – 6 July in Liverpool. The theme for 2022 is ‘Harnessing Disruption: Clinical Excellence in a Time of Chaos’ and this grant supports those doing oral presentations.

To learn more about the grant, including the eligibility criteria and application details, please see the CoR website.


CoR Doctoral Fellowship Grant | Deadline: Monday 4 April 2022

The College awards fellowship grants of up to £25,000 for candidates to undertake research across the following topics:

  • Accuracy and safety
  • Technological innovations
  • Public and patient experience
  • Service and workforce transformation
  • Education and training

Additional to the grant, recipients will submit their findings for publication in Radiography journal and will be invited to present at a high profile CoR conference or event.

To learn more and read recent case studies, please see here.


CoRIPS Student Research Award | Deadline Monday 4 April and Monday 3 October 2022

Perfect for those who have never undertaken research before, this College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme (CoRIPS) student research award is all about encouraging you to consider a career path in research.

Students are invited to propose a project that can be carried out within 12 months. Applications are welcome from individuals or small groups and if successful you will receive up to £1,000 that can be used as a stipend and/or for relevant equipment and resources.

To learn more, please see the CoR website.


CoRIPS Research Grant | Deadline: Monday 29 April 2022 and Monday 3 October 2022

This grant has been designed to support radiographers with little or no research experience and fund a collection of small projects or one larger project.

Open to individuals or small groups, the grant can award up to £5,000 for small projects or up to £10,000 for one large project.  

Interested in learning more? Visit the CoR website for application guidance and to read case studies from previous grant recipients.


AI Radiography Research | Friday 29 April  2022

If you are an experienced researcher or previous CoRIPS awardee, perhaps this special research award could be an excellent fit for you. This grant is for research proposals that focus on radiography and artificial intelligence.

Also open to individuals or small groups, the grant can award up to £5,000 for small projects or up to £10,000 for one large project.

If you are interested in applying, please read the SoR document Artificial Intelligence: Guidance for Clinical Imaging and Therapeutic Radiography Workforce Professionals, as it includes summary recommendations and priorities for future research areas.

When you are ready to apply, please use the CoRIPS Research Grant application forms located here.


Overseas Conference Grant (Legacy Fund) | Friday 29 April and Monday 3 October 2022

Thinking of attending a professional conference outside the UK to present your work? If so, then this grant can help fund your trip.

Up to £1,000 can be awarded to individuals or small groups who are travelling overseas to present an oral paper. Attendance at virtual events can also be considered due to the ongoing pandemic.

When applying for this grant, applicants are asked to submit a 1,500 word proposal outlining their work, expected outcomes and the impact their paper may have on patient care.

To learn more, visit the CoR website.

The CoR Research Strategy

All of the above awards are part of the CoR’s Research Strategy (2021-2026) commitment to support radiographers in undertaking research-based practice. The strategy presents three key aims:

  1. To embed research at all levels of radiography practice and education.
  2. To raise the impact and profile of radiography through high-quality research focused on improving patient care and service delivery.
  3. To expand UK radiography research capacity through the development of skilled and motivated research-active professionals.

To learn more about this strategy, please see here.

Making Research Happen

If you are still unsure whether research is for you, why not explore our Making Research Happen webpages. Here you will find a series of webinars that demystify what it means to do research as well useful links and documents that could help you on your research journey.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the funding available, or to discuss your research idea, please contact [email protected]