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NIHR Global Health Research Presentation and Training Travel Award (PTTA) Pilot - Round 1 Guidance Notes 2020

 

Contents

Introduction

On behalf of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NIHR Academy is launching the second application period for the NIHR Global Health Research Presentation and Training Travel Award (NIHR PTTA) Pilot (Round 1 2020).

NIHR is committed to supporting world-class global health research through its Global Health Research (GHR) Programmes that aim to deliver direct and primary benefits to patients and the public in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Currently the NIHR GHR Programmes include the NIHR GHR Units and Groups, the Global Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) Programme and awards funded under the Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) Calls.

Significant investment in training and academic research capacity strengthening is being delivered through the NIHR GHR Programmes. The purpose of this NIHR GHR PTTA pilot scheme is for NIHR Academy Members (Masters, PhD and Post-Doctoral, see eligibility below) to be offered the opportunity to travel to or plan a virtual training experience in another part of the NIHR GHR Programmes (within the UK or an overseas partner institution) or wider NIHR. The experience should be no longer than two weeks in duration and should deliver a personalised presentation, training (skills/techniques/career development) and networking experience. Entirely virtual proposals are welcomed; if travel is proposed we request that virtual alternatives are included in the application. This planned experience/visit should contribute to the individual’s personal and professional development, build sustainable links/collaborations and help them succeed in their future career.

The scheme aims to enhance the award holders presentation and communication skills, as well as optimising and enhancing the individuals’ research training experience, their networks/collaborations, CV and career development opportunities.

In doing so the scheme aims to capitalise on the benefits of being part of something larger than an individual’s own local research environment for the benefit of the individual and their career and foster cross-NIHR GHR working. It is expected that the scheme will contribute to enhancing the GHR Programmes outcomes in achieving direct and primary benefit for patients and populations in LMICs.

These guidance notes are intended to help in the completion of an application for the NIHR GHR PTTA Pilot, Round 1 (2020). We would encourage applicants to consider a virtual experience when planning a GHR PTTA application; but if travel is planned for the future then the most up to date UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice should be consulted. The NIHR Academy office can be contacted with any eligibility queries.

Definitions:

NIHR GHR Programme Training Lead - The term NIHR GHR Programme Training Lead refers to the NIHR Global Health Research Training Leads from the NIHR GHR Units and Groups and includes training leads and people responsible for coordinating training in the awards funded under the NIHR RIGHT calls.

NIHR GHR Programmes - The term NIHR GHR Programmes refers to the NIHR Global Health Research Units, the NIHR Global Health Research Groups, the Global Health Policy and Systems Research Programme and the awards funded under the NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) calls.

UK Lead Institution - The contractor and accountable body for the award will be the UK based institution contracted to lead (‘the UK lead institution’) the NIHR GHR Programme that the applicant is from.

Official Collaborating Institution - An official collaborating institution (‘Partner’ or ‘Collaborator’) is an organisation which holds a current collaboration agreement with the holder of the NIHR research contract to participate in global health research work, and which may or may not be in receipt of NIHR funds.

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the NIHR GHR PTTA Pilot are as below. Based on feedback we have received during the pilot phase, individuals based within a NIHR GHR Programme who are currently between career development awards (i.e between Masters and PhD or between PhD and post-doc) are also eligible to apply for an NIHR GHR PTTA award. We welcome applicants contacting the office to discuss their eligibility before putting in an application.

The NIHR GHR PTTA Pilot is open to all GHR NIHR Academy Members based in the NIHR Global Health Research Units, Groups and the RIGHT Programme who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently undertaking or being supported to apply for a formal training/career development award, and meet all of the following criteria:
  1. Have been competitively awarded their career development award or their current position.
  2. Have a formal training plan in place (a detailed personalised formal training and career development plan supporting their academic development)
  3. Have a defined end point (such as an application for further funding).
  • Receive at least 25% funding from the NIHR* for salary/stipend*. For NIHR Global Health Research Programmes, funding can be from NIHR or from an official collaborating institution. An official collaborating institution (‘Partner’ or ‘Collaborator’) is an organisation which holds a current collaboration agreement with the holder of the NIHR research contract to participate in global health research work, and which may or may not be in receipt of NIHR funds
  • Applicant’s ‘Home Employing Organisation’ and proposed ‘Host Institution’ (where they wish to undertake the visit) are both listed as ‘official collaborating institutions’ and named parties in the GHR Programme’s current collaboration agreement.
  • Hosted in a setting with a remit for research capacity development (i.e NIHR Global Health Research Programmes).

Please note; only applications in which the applicant’s ‘Home Employing Organisation’ and proposed ‘Host Institution’ (where they wish to undertake their visit) are both listed as ‘official collaborating institutions’ and named parties in the GHR Programme’s current collaboration agreement will be eligible to apply and be considered by the NIHR GHR Training Programme Selection Committee. We encourage all NIHR GHR Programme Training Leads to contact the NIHR Academy in the first instance to discuss eligibility when considering an application.

Applicants must:

  • be in a position to complete the award before the 31st March 2021 (or by the end of the GHR Programme contract, whichever is the soonest);
  • submit a short written report within 2 months of the completion of the visit or before the 31st May 2021 and;
  • have continued support from their ‘home’ institution (the institution at which the applicant is registered) for the duration of their visit (this will be the home institution that administers their current award);
  • have the support of the ‘host’ institution (the institution which you will visit for the duration of your NIHR GHR PTTA award);
  • have the support of the UK lead institution of the NIHR GHR Programme partnership you are part of.

Official Development Assistance (ODA)

The NIHR GHR PTTA is funded by Official Development Assistance (ODA) and as such an individual applying for this award must be able to demonstrate how the award will directly and primarily benefit patients and the public in countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee List of ODA Recipients (OECD DAC List).

In order to be eligible to receive ODA funding, applications must demonstrate how they meet ODA compliance criteria and outline:

  • Which country or countries on the DAC list of ODA-eligible countries will directly benefit?
  • How the application is directly and primarily relevant to the development challenges of those countries?
  • How the outcomes of the training activity will benefit the health and welfare of a country or countries on the DAC list?

Where researchers wish to work with middle-income countries on the OECD DAC list the application should demonstrate how the research will benefit the health and welfare of less advantaged people in those countries and how their findings could have wider applicability to other low-income countries.

The candidate should also demonstrate in the application that the NIHR GHR PTTA Fund will support a personal and professional development/training opportunity that is not available in their Home Employing Institution.

Scope of Award

The GHR PTTA scheme allows NIHR Academy members (Masters, PhD and Post-Doctoral, see eligibility criteria for further details) the opportunity to travel or plan a virtual experience in another part of the NIHR GHR Programmes (within the UK or a LMIC) or wider NIHR. The experience should be for a maximum of two weeks and should enable the applicant to undertake a personalised presentation, training (skills/techniques/career development) and networking experience that will contribute to the individual’s personal and professional development, build sustainable links/collaborations and help them succeed in their future career.

There are many ways in which applicants may wish to use this short term flexible award, for example the applicant may want to:

Use this opportunity to undertake a short online training course (for example in community-based participatory research) and extend the experience by presenting your research virtually to a different research group within the NIHR GHR programme/part of the wider NIHR (helping develop the applicants’ presentation/communication skills), as well as stimulating meaningful working relationships and sustainable longer term links/future collaborations.

However, NIHR GHR PTTA awards are not limited to this one example and we strongly encourage NIHR Academy Members to develop and plan a personalised presentation/training/networking experience aimed at supporting their individual needs, professional development and career trajectory. We encourage NIHR Academy members to combine these elements (e.g. presenting your research and attending a relevant training course) and time their virtual experience/visit to make the most of existing research meetings/events.

In doing so the NIHR GHR PTTA aims to capitalise on being part of something larger than individual’s own local research environment for the benefit of individuals and their careers and foster cross-NIHR GHR working. It is expected that the NIHR GHR PTTA will contribute to enhancing the GHR Programmes outcomes in achieving direct and primary benefit for patients and populations in LMICs.

The duration of the NIHR GHR PTTA is flexible (up to a maximum of two weeks) but must be justified in relation to the impact and benefit to the applicant’s personal and professional development/training.

The award must be taken up and the visit completed within the timeframe of the applicant’s current study. Awards must be completed before 31st March 2021, but in all cases must be completed by 31 March 2021 and the financial report must be submitted by 30 April 2021.

Please note; NIHR GHR PTTA awards will be awarded on a first come first served basis, therefore once all of the funding has been committed, the NIHR Academy may no longer be able to accept applications.

Awardees will remain registered at their Home Employing Institution (where they are registered for their formal Masters, PhD or post-doctoral training programme) and the ‘host’ institution (the institution where their personalised presentation/training/networking visit will take place) will provide support in collaboration with the home supervision team for the duration of the NIHR GHR PTTA.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the list of NIHR GHR Programmes including the UK lead institution and partner institutions within these. Additionally, applicants may arrange to undertake their personalised presentation/training/networking experience in a part of the wider NIHR (e.g. NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR Schools) which do not constitute part of the NIHR GHR Programmes. Applicants could undertake their experience LMIC to LMIC, UK to UK, LMIC to UK and UK to LMIC, providing that the proposed Host Institution is part of the NIHR GHR Programmes or wider NIHR. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how this opportunity would enhance their studies and their CV and how it meets ODA eligibility requirements.

In light of the current situation and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would encourage prospective applicants to explore the possibility of presenting their research ‘virtually’, as well as the possibility of undertaking suitable available training online that meets the applicants individual training, personal and professional needs. We would encourage applicants to discuss these opportunities with their GHR Programme Home Employing Supervisor and GHR Training Lead; highlighting the extent to which this will provide a high-quality and stimulating research training experience and the associated benefits/impact at this particular point of their career.

We are still accepting applications for international travel for face-to-face presentation/training for the future; but would request that a virtual alternative is presented in the application. We ask that if considering travel, that applicants liaise with their GHR Programme UK Lead/Director and consult their institutions up to date policies and procedures; as well as the most up to date UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice before applying.  

Applicants may find the following information helpful:

  1. NIHR GHR PTTA (Presentation and Training Travel Award): Training Opportunities
    These pages detail the types of training/professional development opportunities taking place within the NIHR GHR Programmes (nb this is not an exhaustive list, and does not detail all NIHR opportunities). We strongly encourage applicants to develop personalised visits/training experiences that will contribute to their personal and professional development, build sustainable links/collaborations and help them succeed in their future career. All applicants must liaise with their home and host institution to set up the experience and with their named NIHR GHR Programme Training Lead listed here prior to developing an application.

  2. NIHR Visiting Speaker Award (NIHR VSA) Case Studies – The VSA is a similar scheme to the PTTA that is for domestic NIHR Academy members. It has however a narrower focus, and is primarily for individuals to visit another NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR School to present their research, not to undertake a longer visit. However, the case studies may be useful to understand what the individuals have gained from their award.

  3. NIHR Global Health webpage which explains more about NIHR and ODA

Scope of Funding

The award should provide a personalised presentation, training (skills/techniques/career development) and networking experience/visit that will contribute to the individual’s personal and professional development, build sustainable links/collaborations and help them succeed in their future career.

The GHR PTTA scheme allows NIHR Academy members (Masters, PhD and Post-Doc; please see eligibility criteria) the opportunity to plan a virtual experience or travel to another part of the NIHR GHR Programmes (within the UK or an overseas partner institution) or wider NIHR for a period of up to two weeks.

The GHR PTTA will be funded by awards of up to £3,500 which will be assessed within a short timeframe from the point of application. The award is to cover the incidental expenses (training course fees, accommodation, visa, travel, subsistence and any other reasonable expenses, for example internet connectivity costs) incurred during the experience or whilst visiting another institution for a limited period of time (up to a maximum of two weeks).

If applicants are considering undertaking a virtual/online presentation/training visit as part of the GHR PTTA award; applicants are able to request the cost of online training course fees, as well any internet connectivity costs to be reimbursed through their PTTA award. However, please note, we may have to confirm/clarify that these costs have not already been supported through your GHR Programme. All costs should be clearly and appropriately detailed and justified within the application.

The NIHR contracted UK Lead Institution for the GHR Programme will be the contract and accountable body for the award and will administer the award. The NIHR contracted GHR Programme may need to transfer funds up front to the applicant’s Home Employing Institution to enable the experience/visit to take place and this cost will be reimbursed by NIHR upon receipt of a suitable invoice based on receipts up to the limit of the amount awarded.

Travel, accommodation and subsistence rates should be in accordance with the rates approved by the UK lead institution or if not available should be classified as ‘economy/standard class’. Prices should be provided in Pounds Sterling (GBP). Please note; salary/stipend/fees will not be provided by NIHR under this award. Research costs, open access fees, and supervisory fees will also not be covered by this award. Please refer to the Financial Guidance for NIHR Global Health Research Programme Contract Holders – Exchange Rates for further information.

Application and Selection Process

  • Applicant liaises with their NIHR GHR Programme Training Lead (see NIHR GHR Programme Training Leads) to ensure that they are eligible to apply for a GHR PTTA award prior to submitting an application.
  • Applicant liaises with their Home Institution Supervisor regarding identifying a suitable GHR PTTA experience/visit and that both home and host are in support of the application.
  • Applicant’s NIHR GHR Programme Training Lead has confirmed that the Applicant’s ‘Home Employing Organisation’ and proposed ‘Host Institution’ (where they wish to undertake their visit) are both listed as ‘official collaborating institutions’ and named parties in the GHR Programme’s current collaboration agreement in order that the application can be considered eligible.
  • Applicant contacts the Director (or Principal Investigator for the RIGHT Award) of the NIHR contracted UK NIHR GHR programme to ensure their support.
  • The application form is completed (available from the NIHR GHR PTTA webpage).
  • The applicant will submit the completed application (signed off by the Director/PI of the NIHR GHR Programme, Home Employing Supervisor Host Institution Support Contact) along with their CV via email to icbs@nihr.ac.uk. Both documents should be suitably protected to meet UK personal data protection standards. The applicant’s CV should detail their qualifications, awards, publications and experience (3 pages max). Any changes to the formatting of text within the application form may impact the rest of the form and what is visible when reviewing the application. Such issues usually resolve when the form is saved and re-opened, but the applicant needs to ensure that all required text is visible in an electronic and printed copy of this application form prior to submission.
  • Incomplete, faxed, posted or late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • The NIHR Academy is responsible for the selection process and subsequent management of the award.
  • Assessment of GHR PTTA applications take place on a rolling basis from the point of application.

Acknowledgement

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 2 working days of it being received. Applicants should not phone or email the NIHR Academy with enquiries prior to receiving this email.

Assessment Criteria

Applications for the NIHR GHR PTTA will be assessed using the following criteria, all of which will have equal weighting:

  • the extent to which the experience/visit will provide a high-quality and stimulating research training experience;
  • the potential for the applicant to enhance their future research training and career as well as personal development as a result of the training experience;
  • the extent to which a suitable virtual alternative has also been considered, should the applicant submit a GHR PTTA application that involves international travel for a face-to-face presentation/training visit. 

Applications must also demonstrate how they meet ODA compliance criteria for direct and primary benefit of people in low and middle income countries and outline:

  • Which country or countries on the DAC list of ODA-eligible countries will directly benefit?
  • How the application is directly and primarily relevant to the development challenges of those countries?
  • How the outcomes will promote the health and welfare of a country or countries on the DAC list?
  • Where researchers wish to visit/work with middle-income countries on the OECD DAC list the application should demonstrate how the research will benefit the health and welfare of less advantaged people in those countries and how their findings could have wider applicability to other low-income countries.

Award Management

A letter of contract for the NIHR GHR PTTA award will be put in place with the UK based institution contracted to lead (‘the UK lead institution’) the NIHR GHR Programme that the applicants’ home employing institution is partnered with (for UK applicants the ‘home employing’ and ‘UK lead’ may be the same institution).

The UK lead institution may need to transfer funds to the applicant’s employing institution to enable the visit to take place. NIHR will reimburse the UK lead institution after a final invoice is provided. The NIHR contracted GHR Programmes will:

  • Within 2 months of the completion of the experience/visit or by the 30 April 2021 (whichever is soonest) submit an invoice to the NIHR Academy for incidental expenses incurred during the visit, up to the limit of the amount awarded.
  • Confirm sight and approval of all supporting documentation (i.e. receipts) for expenses incurred and that the costs incurred are as described in the Award application and approved by the NIHR Academy Executive. The NIHR Academy reserves the right to request copies of supporting documentation.
  • Confirm sight of a certificate of attendance/completion or confirmation from the training facilitator/supplier/organiser of any training course(s) the applicant has agreed to undertake as part of the award.
  • The UK lead institution that the funds are reimbursed to after satisfying the criteria above will take responsibility for ensuring the institution that has borne the cost will be repaid and will inform NIHR Academy as to how much of the funding is disbursed to LMICs.

In line with ODA requirements, there will be ongoing and post-award evaluation and reporting conditions which will be issued with the contract. Given that this is a pilot activity, NIHR Academy will be requesting information from the applicant and the NIHR GHR Programme Training Lead about the process and the award and encourage you to provide honest and constructive feedback to help the NIHR Academy evaluate the pilot.

Successful applicants will:

  • notify the NIHR Academy when the PTTA visit has come to an end;
  • submit a written report within 2 months of the completion of the experience/visit or by the 31 May 2021 (whichever is soonest), in a form provided by the NIHR Academy, detailing the visit, achievements, outputs and impact. This will also need to outline any underspends and the reasons for this.
  • work with the UK lead institution to submit receipts and financial report to the NIHR Academy. This will be due two months after visit is complete or before 30 April 2021 (whichever is the soonest).
  • participate in the NIHR evaluation which is due six months after the visit is complete (to measure longer term outcomes not immediately apparent at the end of the visit).

The NIHR GHR PTTA awards will be non-transferable to another NIHR Academy member/trainee.

If the NIHR GHR PTTA award holder is unable to undertake the award as submitted, they must contact the NIHR Academy as soon as they are aware. On a case by case basis, the situation will be evaluated to determine if the award can be deferred to a different agreed date, used for a different experience/visit in another location that is deemed appropriate/valuable to the applicant’s personal and professional development, or must be declined/terminated on this occasion.

Timeline

Second Application Period

27th August 2020 – 27th January 2021

Assessment and Approval of GHR PTTA Award

Rolling assessment from the point of application to NIHR Academy

GHR PTTA award/visit to take place

Before the 31st March 2021

Financial Statement

Within two months of the completion of the GHR PTTA award or before 30th April 2021 (whichever is soonest)

Report/Evaluation of Visit and Learning Outcomes

Within two months of the completion of the GHR PTTA award or before the 31st May 2021 (whichever is soonest)

NIHR Privacy Notice

Our purpose for collecting information is so we have the necessary information to evaluate your application for a visit and can communicate with you about your application and if awarded post-award requirements. The data we collect here is collected in the public interest. Information provided here may be subject to Freedom of Information requests.

The NIHR Academy is part of the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The contracting agent for the NIHR Academy is the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). The DHSC is the Data Controller and LTHT is the Data Processor under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) EC 2016/679. DHSC NIHR respects the privacy of individuals who share their data and processes it in a manner that meets the requirements of GDPR. The DHSC Data Protection Officer can be contacted by email at: data protection@dhsc.gov.uk

The NIHR Privacy Policy includes further information including ways we may use your data, our contact details and details on your individual rights regarding how your data is used. Your data may be shared across the NIHR, including with other coordinating centres, to allow the application to be managed and for statistical analysis, and with external award reviewers as part of the process for managing the allocation of an award. Information collected from you will not be shared outside the EEA without your consent.

This notice is under constant review and will be updated and / or revised based on that review as appropriate.

Statement of Acknowledgment

Data processing relating to applications and awards of NIHR grants by the DHSC is done under the legal basis of public interest. As these are publicly funded awards, there is a requirement to be publicly transparent. The information provided in award applications may be subject to Freedom of Information requests. To meet the requirement of transparency the NIHR Academy publishes details of the awards and awardees, and this may include photographs and email addresses, on our website. You have the right to object, and objections will be considered on a case by case basis so that the balance between public transparency and privacy rights are maintained.

Completing the NIHR GHR PTTA Application Form

Please ensure you read this guidance carefully.

Application Summary

Please ensure that your name, email address, NIHR GHR Programme Training Lead name and email address, Home Employing Institution Organisation and Proposed Host Institution Organisation are detailed here.

Please also include the NIHR GHR Programme. This should be the UK lead institution that holds the NIHR GHR Programme contract and will be the institution that will administer the NIHR GHR PTTA contract.

Section A – Applicant Details

A1 Applicant Details

Please enter your full name, including title, job title, highest level of qualification, current level of study, training/career award start and end dates and finally how your current training/career award is funded. Please note; if you are currently in-between career development awards, please state in the ‘Current Level of Study’ section of the application form your current career stage (i.e you have completed a Masters and are actively preparing to apply for a PhD at present). 

Professional background. For doctors and dentists, please enter the UK GMC/GDC recognised specialty. For all other applicants, please enter your discipline or professional background from the drop down menu.

This is for NIHR data collection purposes, and has no wider use.

A2 and A3. Applicant Home Employing Institution Details

Please give details of your Home Employing Institution (the institution where you are registered for your current study/award), and include the name and contact details of your Primary Supervisor. Please also provide a correspondence address and contact details if they are different to those you have already provided. Note: your Home Employing Institution must be part of the NIHR GHR Programmes. Please refer to the ‘Eligibility’ section above for more information.

Section B – Applicant Experience

Overview of applicant research experience to date

Please give a brief overview of your research experience, highlighting global health experience, to date (150 words max.).

Section C – Proposed Experience/Visit: Host Institution Support Contact Details

Please provide the name, job title and contact details of the person who will support you (main point of contact) during your visit to the Host Institution.

Section D – Proposed Plans for the Experience/Visit

Please provide a title for your experience/visit and your preferred start date.

D1 Experience/Visit Details

Please provide a clear outline of the plan for your proposed “personalised presentation, training (skills/techniques/career development) and networking experience”; including the activities that will be undertaken, duration and why you have chosen this particular NIHR host/location?

If your planned experience includes a presentation; please ensure that an overview of the meeting/event is included; detailing the presentation (research topic, as well as the concepts & issues that will be presented), description of the audience, expected number of attendees etc, as well as proposed plans for evaluating the presentation/how feedback will be sought.

If your planned experience includes a training/skills/personalised development opportunity; please ensure that an overview of the opportunity is provided; including a description/overview of the course (and URL if available) and its duration, learning outcomes, research methods/and or skills that will be acquired. If you are planning travel, please outline your plan for a virtual alternative if travel is not permitted at the time of your award.

Finally, please also explain the relevance of your proposed “personalised presentation, training (skills/techniques/career development) and networking experience” visit in relation to Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligibility. Specifically, how the application is directly and primarily relevant to the development challenges of a country/or countries on the DAC list of ODA-eligible countries. (400 words max)

D2 Benefits and Impact

Please outline the likely benefits and impact of the “personalised presentation, training (skills/techniques/career development) and networking experience” visit on your research, training and career, and how you will know whether it has been a successful experience/visit from a personal perspective.

Finally, please also explain how the longer term outcomes of the experience/visit and how the funded activities are expected to directly benefit and contribute to a chain of results that lead to impacts on health and welfare in the ODA-eligible country or countries (400 words max).

D3 Finance

This section must provide a clear breakdown and full justification of all funds requested for the visit, including a total. Please note the award is for a maximum of £3,500 (up to a maximum of two weeks duration).

  • Funding is provided to cover the incidental expenses (training course fees, accommodation, travel, visa, subsistence and other reasonable expenses, for example internet connectivity costs) incurred from visiting another institution for a short period of time (up to a maximum of two weeks). Travel, accommodation and subsistence rates should be in accordance with the rates approved by the UK lead institution.
  • Research costs, open access fees, and supervisory fees will not be covered by this award. Costs should be based on current UK Pounds Sterling (GBP) prices. Please refer to the Financial Guidance for NIHR Global Health Research Programme Contract Holders – Exchange Rates for further information.
  • All applicants are expected to seek appropriate input from the Home Employing and UK lead institution into the finance section of the application form.
  • Within 2 months of the completion of the award, the UK lead institution will be expected to submit an invoice to the NIHR Academy. The invoice will be checked in line with the proposed visit plans and justification of funds requested, and when approved, the NIHR Academy will reimburse the UK lead institution.
  • The NIHR Academy reserves the right to request copies of supporting documentation

(300 words max.)

D4. Statement on Official Development Assistance Compliance and Safeguarding

NB this section is to be completed by the proposed Host Institution and Host Institution Support Contact.

  1. Please outline how you as the Host Institution and Host Institution Support Contact will support the applicant during this visit,
  2. What steps you will take to ensure that the visit will stay aligned with the ODA compliance objectives set out in sections D2, D2, and D3?
  3. How you will ensure that you comply with the following  UKCDR Guidance on Safeguarding in International Development standards and guidance

The NIHR Academy may contact the applicant at the start, along with contacting NIHR GHR Programme Training Leads directly and cross check official partners with colleagues who manage the NIHR GHR Programme contracts.

(300 words max.)

Section E – Declarations and Signatures

The following parties must carefully read the declarations and signatures section and insert their name, an electronic signature and date onto the application form:

  • E1 Applicant
  • E2 Home Employing Institution Primary Supervisor
  • E2 Host Institution – Proposed Host Institution Support Contact for the experience/visit

Section F – Monitoring Information

Please use the drop-down list to state how you become aware of the scheme

Equal Opportunities & Diversity

NIHR and DHSC have a duty as a public body to promote equality of opportunity. All applicants will be contacted shortly after the closure date by NIHR Equality Monitoring.

Monitoring ensures that all applications to NIHR Programmes are treated equally in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and disability.

The NIHR Equality information you share with the monitoring system:

  • will be stored separately from your application,
  • only be used for the purpose of monitoring equal opportunities,
  • be kept securely and in confidence.

In order to measure wider NIHR GHR equality objectives, the NIHR Academy may approach you for additional equality data. If you would like to participate you may indicate so in the consent box in the monitoring section.

Section G – NIHR GHR Programme Director/ RIGHT Award Principal Investigator Statement of Support

All applications should be signed off by the NIHR GHR Programme Director/RIGHT Award Principal Investigator. In signing, they are indicating:

  1. That the applicant’s identity has been verified
  2. That the experience/visit will benefit the applicant and the overall ODA objectives of their NIHR GHR Programme.
  3. That the NIHR contracted GHR Programme agrees to be the accountable body and the contract holder for the award, and agree to the financial arrangements to allow the visit to take place.
  4. Their acceptance of the financial, safeguarding and reporting terms and conditions associated with a NIHR GHR PTTA award.

Contacting the NIHR Academy

If you have any queries about the NIHR GHR PTTA, please contact us at:

Address: NIHR Academy, 21 Queen Street, Leeds, LS1 2TW
Telephone: 0113 532 8430
Email: icbs@nihr.ac.uk quoting ‘NIHR GHR PTTA’ in the subject heading.