NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy is launching the Development and Skills Enhancement (DSE) award as part of the newly restructured NIHR Fellowship Programme, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

What is the Development and Skills Enhancement Award?
The Development and Skills Enhancement award is a post-doctoral level award, aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to support the next phase of their research career and to make them more competitive in the next funding application.

The NIHR is particularly keen to see applications from people wishing to develop skills and experience in the following three areas: Entrepreneurship and working with industry; Health Data Science; and Clinical Trials.

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Applications close on 27 November 2019 at 1pm. The award will be available to start from April – July 2020.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a current member of the NIHR Academy who has not submitted a DSE application in the previous round
  • Apply within 12 months of your previous NIHR award finishing. This does not include any time taken off for statutory leave
  • For clinical academic applications: Have completed relevant pre-registration training
  • Have a proposed host who is an English HEI, NHS body or other provider of health and/or care services
  • Hold a relevant PhD or MD, or have submitted your thesis for examination at the time of application. You must have been awarded the PhD or MD by the time you start.

What can the funding be used for?
The awards will cover the salary of the applicant for the duration of the award, in addition to training and development costs up to £5,000, conference costs up to £1,000 and mentorship costs up to £1,000. FEC will not be covered for this level of award.

In our Development and Skills Enhancement Award webinar, Pete and David from the NIHR Academy Personal Awards Team discussed:

  • An overview of the award
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Scope of the funding
  • NIHR’s expectations from the host organisation
  • The three highlighted themes: health data science, entrepreneurship and working with industry, and clinical trials
  • Key dates for applying and starting the award
  • FAQs

Click here to watch the recorded webinar on YouTube

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