NIHR Senior Investigators - 10th annual competition

NIHR Senior Investigators are fundamental to the NIHR Faculty and include some of the country’s foremost researchers, making the most outstanding contribution to clinical and applied health and social care research. Leading researchers funded by the NIHR or the Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme (and who are employed by an NHS Trust, university or charity based in England) are encouraged to apply.

The 10th round of the Senior Investigator Competition is now closed.

Outcome notification March 2017.

Read the invitation to submit an application for details on eligibility and criteria.

Read the guidance for applicants for details on how to complete the application form online.

To apply please visit our Research Management System.

Further queries: or 020 8843 8077



Senior Investigator 2016 competition appointments

New Appointments


Total Appointments

Total Number of SIs





Fifty-one Senior Investigators were appointed in the 9th annual round of the competition – 34 new appointees and 17 current or previous holders of the award. The total college now stands at 202 Senior Investigators.


New Emeritus Appointments

Total Emeritus Senior Investigators



Thirty new Emeritus Senior Investigators have been created for a total of 53 Emeritus Senior Investigators. 


Senior Investigators are able to occupy their positions for no more than two terms, covering a maximum of eight years. This creates opportunities for new researchers to participate in NIHR at this level, incentivising the research community whilst maintaining the College of Senior Investigators at a manageable size.

Emeritus status applies only whilst the holders remain in substantive employment. It is a considerable achievement to attain Emeritus status, holders having succeeded twice in open competition and completed two terms as a Senior Investigator.

An independent expert panel chaired by Professor Melanie Davies advised on the appointments. These are made according to criteria of quality and volume of internationally excellent research; its relevance to patients; the public; impact on improvements in healthcare and public health; research leadership; contribution to NIHR; engagement of patients and the public and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.

NIHR Senior Investigators and Senior Investigators Emeritus are listed in the document below. Full details are available on the NIHR Senior Investigators Directory, updated on the 1 April each year.