All letters of support should be dated, signed and on headed paper, and a maximum of two sides of A4. The following types of letters of support may be submitted:
Mentor’s supporting statement
If a mentor is included on your application form a letter of support from the mentor must be attached detailing the mentoring arrangements.
Previous head of department’s supporting statement: If you have recently moved department or plan to undertake your fellowship at a different department to your current affiliation, an additional supporting statement should be uploaded from your previous/current head of department.
Second centre’s supporting statement
A supporting statement from the industrial partner or second research organisation head of department should be included if a second centre is involved in the fellowship.
Project partners and collaborators’ supporting statements
Project partners should provide a letter of support as detailed in section 3.1.12 of this guidance. Collaborators may provide letters of support to indicate the time and resources they are prepared to commit where these are critical to the project. If a partner or collaborator will be providing clinical samples for the project the letter should confirm their willingness to provide the samples and that they have the appropriate ethical approval to cover the proposed research (see section 3.1.12).
Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships who are registered for a higher degree must provide a letter from their postgraduate office confirming their registration date and the percentage of time for which they are registered.
Support for NHS costs
Projects which will incur NHS costs will need to complete a schedule of events cost attribution template (SoECAT) to be eligible for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio and the support it provides. This should be converted to PDF and uploaded as a letter of support. This change came into effect on 1 October 2018. See section 3.5 of the guidance for applicants for full details.