A new initiative, dubbed the “Nursing and Midwifery Incubator”, has been launched by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in order to accelerate and support the development of nurses and midwives looking to develop a career leading research.

The Incubator will provide additional activities which will complement current NIHR and Health Education England (HEE) investments currently aiming to increase the number of nurses and midwives developing a career leading research.

The national clinical research funder has announced that the work involved will develop over the coming months, and will include “additional resources and guidance to help nurses and midwives make the most of the opportunities available for developing a research career.”

As a part of the project, a new virtual community platform will contain information and resources, a noticeboard for developments and opportunities, and a forum for discussion and collaboration.

Pete Thompson, director of programmes and impact, says that the NIHS is “delighted” that the Incubator has launched, and hopes “nurses and midwives will be encouraged to access existing funding opportunities offered by NIHR Academy.”

The Incubator, which has the support of HEE, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), will encourage early career interest in targeted disciplines to build identifiable communities through networking and provision of bespoke training support.