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British Society of Gastroenterology and NIHR CRN awards 2021

 

Contact

Application form for BSG awards 2021

Guidance notes for applicants

If you have any questions about the awards please email crnspecialtyclusterb@nihr.ac.uk

Supporting Information

To recognise the outstanding contributions in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinical Research Communities.

The very first British Society of Gastroenterology and NIHR Clinical Research Network (BSG/NIHR CRN) research awards offer an important opportunity to further this joint commitment to encouraging research. The awards aim to make close connections and showcase research skills, processes and outputs.

Award categories and eligibility

The awards will recognise outstanding contributions in the following categories during 2020/2021:

Category A: 

  • Principal Investigator or Chief Investigator making an outstanding contribution in design, conduct and dissemination of research, and/or building research capacity
  • Targeted towards consultant grade or equivalent senior researchers from medical and other backgrounds.  The panel will be looking for evidence to support one or more of the following criteria:
    • Experience of leading collaborative non-commercial research projects involving at least two non-commercial institutions in the design and development of the project
    • Successfully led a trial that changed practice
    • Developed new ways to engage patients in research
    • Mentored early career researchers to become independent research leads
    • Engaged effectively with commercial partners to introduce new projects to the UK.

Category B: 

  • Early Career Researcher and those new to research (the full definition is outlined at the bottom of this page) showing a significant contribution to recruitment into NIHR portfolio studies
  • Targeted towards Trainees / Non Consultant grades across the clinical, public health or social care fields.  The panel will be looking for evidence to support one or more of the following criteria:
    • Increased research recruitment and/or developed new pathways to recruitment
    • Developed new ways to engage patients in research
    • Developed or led a successful trainee research network.

Category C:

  • Research Team making an outstanding contribution to the NIHR portfolio studies
  • Targeted towards the entire spectrum of clinical trials teams through hospital based teams to Primary Care and Community-based teams. 
  • The panel will be looking for evidence to support one or more of the following criteria:
    • Significant contribution to recruitment across numerous NIHR Portfolio adopted studies
    • Led a significant number of trials that have changed practice
    • Undertaken regular patient and public engagement activities
    • Developed a cadre of early career researchers to become independent research leads.

Application and judging process

  • Applications should be made using only the application form.  Any additional information submitted will not be considered by the panel
  • Applicants should note the word limit for the application
  • Completed application forms must be received by 23:59 on Friday 30 April 2021.  Receipt of applications will be acknowledged
  • Applications will be assessed by the judging panel, including the NIHR CRN Gastroenterology and Hepatology National Specialty Leads and members of BSG
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 2 July 2021.  We expect a high number of applications and are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants
  • Awards include free registration to the next BSG Annual Conference.

Award Presentations

The awards will be presented during the next BSG Annual Conference. The date of the conference will be announced later in the year.

Definition of Early Career Researcher

An 'Early Career Researcher' (and those new to research) is defined as being a health care, social care and public health professional currently in training posts or within five years (excluding career breaks, and extended pro rata for those in less than full-time work) of appointment to substantive NHS (or equivalent) positions.  Special consideration will be given to those who can demonstrate they were only able to take up research opportunities later in their career.