Research Certificate

The Research Certificate Scheme has been introduced to promote radiology research amongst non-academic radiologists, to encourage them to engage in research activities and to gain acknowledgement for the experience gained.

The aims of establishing the Research Certificate Scheme are:

  • to recognise commitment to research beyond the requirements of the training curriculum;
  • to promote research among non-academic radiologists; 
  • to allow radiologists who may wish to take up teaching hospital posts to demonstrate their commitment to and understanding of research.


Dr Sam WitheyI completed the RCR Research Certificate in 2020 during my ST4 year. As a non-ACF with an interest in research, the Certificate was a good way to make sure my academic portfolio was rounded, rather than just having publications and presentations. It encouraged me to apply for grants and to attend a statistics course, both of which have been very useful subsequently. If you’re interested in research, you may be surprised how many of the  categories you’ve already fulfilled the requirements for!

Dr Samuel Withey



All UK clinical radiology trainees in non–ACF posts are eligible to participate in the scheme, which ideally should be completed no later than 6 months after CCT. It is open to consultants and others on a case by case basis.

Certificate Requirements and Guidance for Applicants

To be awarded the Certificate participants must fulfil a set number of requirements in 10 categories, including attendance at meetings, undertaking research and presenting/publishing results. Participants will be required to gather evidence to show how they have met these criteria.

The Clinical Radiology Editorial Board can provide mentoring for peer reviews for the journal. Please contact for further details.

Details of all the requirements of the scheme and information on how to participate in the scheme can be found in the guidance document below. Please review the guidance carefully.

 ‘Research Certificate:  Guidance for Applicants'
  'Research Certificate Application Template'

Example of Good Practice

The introduction of the scheme follows a successful year long pilot scheme which attracted a number of participants. The first doctors were awarded with the Certificate in September 2014.

One of the recipients, Dr Angela Galea, has agreed to share a summary of all the evidence that she submitted, which prospective applicants may find useful as an example of good practice.

‘Research Certificate Good Practice’   

A list of past recipients is available.


If you have any queries or wish to register on the scheme please email