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Royal College of Emergency Medicine and NIHR CRN awards



For further information, please contact Holly Lyons at

Supporting Information

RCEM Young Investigator Award application form

RCEM Principal Investigator Award application form


One of the principle remits of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is to advance education and research in emergency medicine. The Research and Publications Committee is chaired by Professor Alasdair Gray. Its remit includes research, publications and the administration of academic awards and prizes. The RCEM Clinical Studies Group was formed by the Research and Publications Committee in 2014 and makes annual awards to recognise outstanding contributions of RCEM members and fellows to research in emergency medicine.

Since its inception in 2006, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through its NIHR 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 co-branded awards will recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees in the conduct of clinical research in the field of emergency medicine.  The ‘award winners 2019-20’ will be recognised by the award of a plaque and a certificate.

The winner(s) of the awards 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 will be named ‘outstanding contributors 2019-20'. The award winners and outstanding contributors will be asked to present a summary of their contributions to research at the Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day on 10 January 2019 (details below). Applicants will be required to confirm that they are available to attend and make a short presentation. On top of this, the Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN) is committed to demystifying and supporting trainees to do research. We are therefore very excited to announce that TERN will offer the 2019-20 RCEM’s Young Investigator the opportunity to use the network to grow and share their research.


The award is open to both junior doctors who are pursuing a career in emergency medicine and consultants in emergency medicine who are within five years of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). 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.


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.

Awards will be made at the discretion of the judging panel.


  • Applications should be made using the application form

  • Applicants should note the word limit for each section of the application form. 

  • Please send a completed application form plus a curriculum vitae to Holly Lyons at the contact details below. 

  • Applications must be received by 23.59 on Thursday 31 October 2019. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged. 

  • Applications will be assessed by a panel of representatives from the RCEM, the NIHR CRN and lay representatives. 

  • Successful applicants will be notified before the presentation event in January (details below). We will provide feedback for unsuccessful applicants on request. 

For further information, please contact Holly Lyons at

Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day (on behalf of the Clinical Studies Group)
Friday 10 January 2020
RCEM, Octavia House, London
available soon
Abstracts: the call for abstracts is now open. This includes applications for the Principal Investigator of the Year, Young Investigator of the Year and Blue Sky Ideas. 
Please click here to register your interest.