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Royal College of Radiologists and NIHR Research Awards



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In 2017, the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) launched its Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher awards, to recognise the contribution that clinical radiologists make to radiology research in the NHS.

This year the Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher award is jointly sponsored by the RCR and the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN). The award scheme is for members of the RCR and recognises research active NHS trainees and consultants that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research. It specifically recognises outstanding contributions to the conduct of imaging research, as evidenced by publications or presentations and tangible patient benefit, such as their influence on clinical pathways, clinical guidelines or patient management.


  • Applicants may self-nominate for the award but should be recommended/seconded by a fellow of the RCR
  • Applicants must be contributing to NIHR CRN Portfolio studies.


Applicants are required to outline their contribution to NIHR CRN Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

  • the range and number of patients in NIHR CRN studies
  • how patients have been engaged and informed of new opportunities to participate in clinical research
  • the contribution made to the delivery of studies
  • innovative methods of study delivery.


  • Two awards will be available: trainee (£250) and consultant (£250)
  • New consultants are eligible to apply for the trainee award for research undertaken as a trainee/fellow in the last two years.
  • Consultant applicants must be radiologists working in UK, wholly employed by the NHS in a predominantly clinical capacity (≥75% clinical commitment; ≥7.5/10 equivalent sessions per week). They may hold an honorary university post, but holders of a tenured university post (senior lecturer, reader or chair) are not eligible.
  • Trainee applicants should be radiologists working in UK in a recognised training post. This would include academic clinical fellows (or equivalent), but exclude academic clinical lecturers and those taking time out of training for a higher degree.

Application process and judging of applications

  • Applications should be made using the application form which requires a detailed description of up to two pieces of relevant research work for the award undertaken, a comprehensive CV and a letter of recommendation from a research active fellow of the RCR (usually training programme director for trainee applicants, or associated academic)
  • Applicants should note the word limit on each section of the form
  • Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email
  • Application forms must be received no later than 23.59 on Sunday 6 October 2019
  • Applications will be assessed jointly by a RCR/NIHR panel which includes patient representatives
  • Successful applicants will be notified during the week of Monday 21 October 2019.

Award Presentations

The awards will be presented during the RCR Radiology Research Day on the 20 November 2019. Award winners will be expected to give a short presentation of their prize-winning research and must be available to attend this event.