Senior Investigators

Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research. Senior Investigators are fundamental to the formation of the NIHR Faculty.  

Over two hundred NIHR Senior Investigators have been appointed through annual competitions informed by the advice of an international expert panel. Further rounds of the competition will be held to maintain numbers at this level. The Senior Investigator Directory, updated on 1 April each year, provides details of these individuals.

Senior Investigators receive an award of £15,000 a year as a personal discretionary fund, and attract additional NIHR Research Capability Funding to the main NHS organisation with which they hold a contract of employment or an honorary contract.  

NIHR Senior Investigators form the NIHR College, a prestigious body with a programme of events. Senior Investigators:  

  • provide research leadership to the NIHR Faculty, promoting clinical and applied research in health and social care
  • help in planning and speaking at events
  • will host visiting fellows and mentor Trainees
  • constitute a network of experts, able to provide advice to the Department of Health's Director General for Research and Development.

Annual event

The NIHR College of Senior Investigators hold an annual event, every autumn, to allow Senior Investigators to network with their colleagues learn more about the wide-ranging work of the NIHR and act as ambassadors for the NIHR. 

NIHR given nominating body status by ACCEA

The NIHR was awarded nominating body status by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) in 2009. In 2013 the NIHR will again focus on NIHR Senior Investigators. The NIHR has completed its panel for the 2013 awards.

College of Senior Investigators

Senior Investigators - list of seventh round appointments March 2014

Senior Investigators - list of sixth round appointments March 2013

Senior Investigators - list of fifth round appointments March 2012

Senior Investigators - list of fourth round appointments March 2011

Senior Investigators - list of third round appointments March 2010

Senior Investigators - list of second round appointments March 2009

Senior Investigators - list of appointments March 2008

Senior Investigator Directory