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The Royal College of Emergency Medicine and NIHR CRN joint awards 2020



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 fourth 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 14-15 January 2021. Applicants will be required to confirm that they are available to attend and make a short presentation.

The award winners in 2021 will be recognised by the award of a plaque and certificate. The winner(s) of the Young Investigator 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 2021’.

Eligibility criteria (please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria before applying)

Principal Investigator of the Year award

  • 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
  • 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 Investigator of the Year award

  • 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)
  • 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.

Blue Sky Ideas

Do you have a fantastic research idea you are struggling to get off the ground? This section of the RCEM Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day is open to all clinicians or researchers to pitch a research idea (10 slides or equivalent) to the meeting. There will be open critique and review from ED research experts and advice on potential funding streams.

We invite applicants to consider the RCEM/JLA EM priority setting partnership when submitting their ideas. Other research ideas are welcome for open peer and professional review.

Please submit your research on a single page in PICO format

  • P - Patient, problem or population
  • I – Intervention
  • C - Comparison, control or comparator
  • O - Outcomes.

Application process

Please complete the relevant application forms for the award you wish to apply for. For the Principal and Young Investigator of the Year awards you will also need to submit a copy of your CV.

Application forms are available on the right hand side panel.

When complete please send your application to The closing date for submission of applications is Thursday 12 November 2020 at 23:59.  All abstracts will be reviewed, and the top scoring ones will be short listed for oral presentation. Applicants will receive email notifications containing a decision about their submission from Friday 4 December 2020.