NIHR Research Professorships

NIHR Research Professorships aims to fund leaders in the early part of their careers to lead research, to promote effective translation of research ('bench to bedside [T1] and 'campus to clinic' [T2]) and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.

The posts aim to:

  • Enable outstanding early career academics to spend a fixed 5 year period dedicated to translational (T1 or T2) research at Professorial level;
  • Facilitate strong research leadership and develop research capacity in areas critical to accelerating the transfer of research ideas into improved health.

These awards are open to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in partnership with NHS organisations, based in England only, to nominate health researchers and methodologists with an outstanding record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health.  Competitive candidates will demonstrate a steep career trajectory over the last 5-10 years, on course to becoming the country's most outstanding research leaders.  They will currently be at consultant grade or equivalent, and be at an early stage having spent no more than five years at their current level of seniority at the time of application (whether as a Reader, Senior Lecturer/Fellow, Clinician Scientist, Group Leader or similar). 

Nominees at/close to the Professorial level should be on course to qualify for a Professorship within the coming years or recently have been appointed as a Professor.  Nominees should not already be established leaders in their field, but be on an upward trajectory to become leaders during/after the period of the award.

Please note: The nominating HEI will need to justify when they expect the nominee to be appointed as a Professor and, if already appointed at Professorial level, why they consider the nominee is still qualified for this award and how it will change their potential to become a leader in the field.

Nominees should be working in the fields of experimental medicine, public health medicine, health services research or methodological research.

NIHR Senior Investigators are not eligible to apply, as they are considered to be already beyond the scope of this scheme.

A continuing link with service delivery will be essential.  NIHR Research Professorships will therefore be funded to continue to spend up to 2 sessions per week delivering service directly or, if the candidate is not a health professional, an equivalent time collaborating with service.  Non-NHS institutions must provide a statement from an associated NHS service provider explaining how the provider will empower the individual to promote translation at a local level directly or in collaboration.

Information on the current round, which closed on Thursday 23 January 2014, is available for reference only. The next round of nominations is expected to open in late September 2014.

For further information regarding this award, please contact NIHRResearchProfessorships@nihrtcc.org.uk.