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Royal College of Emergency Medicine and NIHR Awards Application Guidance Notes


Published: 20 September 2022

Version: 1.0

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The RCEM/NIHR research awards offer an important opportunity to further this joint commitment to encouraging research. The awards aim to make close connections and showcase research skills, processes and outputs.

Guidance Notes for Applicants

If you intend to provide service user or patient quotes/stories/cases to demonstrate good examples of PPI engagement, then, as far as possible, these should be anonymised and non-attributable. Take further care to ensure that the data you provide are definitely not attributable by taking into account the size of study, geographical location, participant special characteristics, and any other relevant factors that could lead to an individual becoming identifiable.

Your submission will be shared with panel members (a mix of NIHR and stakeholder representatives from Royal College of Emergency Medicine) for the purpose of scoring the application. Once scored, panel members will be required to submit their scores as required and delete any associated data and applications.

The successful applications and any personal identifiable information contained within will be shared with key stakeholders and local and national NIHR Communications Teams for promotion as good news/stories. Such news/stories may feature up to 12 months after the award has been announced; therefore, applicants should expect that their materials may be accessible for this purpose in one or more formats for more than one year.

Any supporting documentation supplied with the winner’s applications and any personal identifiable information contained within will be retained for seven years post announcement of the outcome for educational purposes, such as sharing best practice.

Your contact details will be kept in order to liaise with you throughout the award application and review process. If your application is successful, then you will be requested to supply further details for invitation to the award ceremony which will be held at the RCEM Research Engagement Day, on Friday 20 January 2023 at Octavia House, London.

If your application is successful, there is an expectation that you as the applicant will be available to attend the award ceremony and that you as the applicant will need to ensure you have the necessary consents to use any personal identifiable data in the brief few words of thanks and acknowledgements required at the ceremony.

Further information

For more information, or if you have any questions about the award, please email