UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Call for Collaborative Projects at the IHE Royal Free Hub

29 October 2020

Along with the UCL Medical School, we are opening the new IHE Royal Free Hub, based at the Royal Free Hospital.

Royal Free Hospital exterior

Investigators are invited to apply for site access and working space, by proposing a project using the form below. In order to be considered, projects must have:

  • A genuine need for working space at the Royal Free Hospital, where co-location between clinicians and engineers is essential to drive forward impactful research. Projects must be co-developed with and sponsored by Royal Free clinical teams.
  • A plan for developing further funding of the proposed research.

The aim is to develop a thriving research hub, hosting many projects, with each project enhancing collaboration and translation.

Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requests for a hot-desk are not permitted and capacity is limited to 25% in line with UCL regulations.

Therefore, in the application form below, you can request desk space for up to 6 months in the first instance, and you must specify how long you envisage your project to be for. Desk allocation will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis.


In order to reach out to as many people as possible, across the wide remit of UCL Engineering and the clinical research at the Royal Free Hospital, projects will be considered from PhD students, Post-Doctoral, Academic and Clinical staff.


Proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Need for an engineer-clinician collaboration
  • Clinical impact and operational need
  • Strength of sustainability and follow-on project funding plans


Completed applications should be emailed to Dr Su-Lin Lee at (su-lin.lee@ucl.ac.uk) by the 16th November 2020. Allocation of projects will be performed during December 2020, with a view to starting work during January 2021. Successful applicants will have to complete a mandatory induction process. Those projects that require Research Passports, or Honorary Contracts, will need to obtain these independently, and the proposed start date should reflect this.

For all queries, please contact Dr Su-Lin Lee (su-lin.lee@ucl.ac.uk).

Download the application form