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Royal College of Emergency Medicine and NIHR CRN awards 2021


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Supporting Information

Application forms can be found on the RCEM website.


One of the principal aims of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is to advance education and research in emergency medicine. The RCEM Research Committee is chaired by Professor Jason Smith, and its remit includes the administration of academic awards and prizes. The RCEM Clinical Studies Group first met in 2014 and is the forum where annual awards are made to recognise outstanding contributions of RCEM members and fellows to research in emergency medicine.

Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through its Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS clinicians is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources.

These joint awards, in their fifth year, will recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees in the conduct of clinical research in the field of emergency medicine. Applicants will be asked to present a summary of their contributions to research at the RCEM Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day event on Friday 14 January 2022. Applicants will be required to confirm that they are available to attend and make a short presentation.

The award winners in 2022 will be recognised by the award of a plaque and certificate. The winner(s) of the Young Researcher award will also be eligible for a modest financial award, which must be invested in the award holder’s future research. In addition, up to three applicants for each scheme may be named "Outstanding Contributors 2022".

Eligibility criteria

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria before applying:

Principal Investigator of the Year award

  1. Applicants must be Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The awards are designed to recognise the contribution of research active clinicians rather than those who are already career clinical academics. Therefore, Members and Fellows who hold a substantive academic university appointment or an externally funded academic fellowship will not be eligible for this award.
  1. The award will be made based on the candidate’s contribution to emergency medicine research in the United Kingdom over the previous 12 months, including:
  • An outstanding contribution to the design, delivery, conduct and/or dissemination of research.
  • An outstanding contribution to building research capacity in the specialty.

Young Researcher of the Year award

  1. The award is open to both junior doctors who are pursuing a career in emergency medicine and consultants in emergency medicine who are within 5 years of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).
  1. For junior doctors who do not currently hold a National Training Number in emergency medicine, the panel will look for evidence of commitment to pursuing a career in the specialty.
  1. The award will be made based on the following criteria:
  • Candidates should show evidence of an interest in becoming active in emergency medicine research. A record of achieving peer reviewed publications and a track record of designing and delivering research in emergency medicine is desirable but not essential.
  • The application must include a proposal for a research project to be undertaken. The candidate must show a clear commitment to completing that research and show evidence that it is feasible and deliverable.
  • Desirable criteria include evidence of strong mentorship and institutional support, a proposal that is relevant to emergency medicine, the potential for the award to develop the academic career of the individual and to lead on to further funding, the methodological rigour demonstrated in the written proposal and oral presentation, and evidence of structured and realistic costings that represent value for money to RCEM.

Application process

Please complete the relevant application forms for the award you wish to apply for. For the Principal and Young Researcher of the Year awards you will also need to submit a copy of your CV. Application forms can be found on the RCEM website.

When complete, please send your application to The closing date for submission of applications is Thursday 18 November 2021 at 23.59.

All applications will be reviewed, and the top scoring applications will be shortlisted for oral presentation at the Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day on Friday 14 January 2022.

Applicants will receive email notifications containing a decision about their submission from Friday 10 December 2021.