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Academic Career Development in NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools

The NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools include centres with a remit to grow future research capacity, which are:

  • Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs)
  • Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)
  • Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs)
  • Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs)
  • School for Primary Care Research (SPCR)
  • School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
  • School for Social Care Research (SSCR)

More than 1000 individuals are training as health and care researchers in the NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools.  These individuals include those enrolled in Masters, Doctoral and other formal training/career development awards.

Please note the term ‘training’ has been replaced with the term ‘Academic Career Development’ to help clarify the focus of the support being provided by the NIHR Academy and through the local leads at each centre/unit/school.

For information on how to find your local Academic Career Development Lead, please view our Academic Career Development Lead document.

Further Information

Email: icbs@nihr.ac.uk, and detail which Infrastructure and Capacity Building Structures programme you are enquiring about in the subject area.

The SPARC scheme allows early stage researchers supported by an NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR School to spend time in other parts of the NIHR. The scheme is specifically designed to foster collaboration and enhance the researcher's early career and CV. The placement is funded by awards of up to £5,000 per individual.

One of the aims of the NIHR is to increase the number of researchers equipped with the skills to work at the interfaces between academia, the NHS and wider health, public health and social care, and industry. In line with this aim we propose to pilot for this round encouraging applicants to use their placement to visit parts of the NIHR that have existing links with industry partners.

To discover how SPARC has helped past applicants, please visit our case studies page - here.

Am I eligible for SPARC?

The NIHR SPARC is open to all NIHR Academy Members who:

  • are early career researchers (PhD or early career post-doc) undertaking a formal training/academic career development award, which is competitive, includes a training plan and has a defined endpoint (this may be an application for further funding);
  • are directly funded by an NIHR award that is a part of the NIHR Infrastructure with a remit to build capacity (BRC, ARC, PSTRC or HPRU), or are at one of the NIHR Schools (SPCR, SPHR or SSCR);
  • receive at least 25% funding from the NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR School for their salary/stipend/fees over the lifetime of the award;
  • do not already hold an NIHR Academy Fellowship or NIHR Clinical Lectureship;
  • can complete the award between April 2020 and February 2021;
  • will submit a written report within 2 months of the completion of the placement and;
  • will have continued support from their home institution for the duration of their studies (this will be the home institution that administers their current award).

Useful documents for prospective applicants

The NIHR Visiting Speaker Award (VSA) offers NIHR Academy Members based in the NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR Schools the opportunity to present their research in another part of the NIHR. The award provides early career researchers with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in presenting and debating their research findings, and encourages networking and collaboration within the NIHR.

We are inviting NIHR Academy Members based in the NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR Schools (who meet the eligibility criteria detailed below) to apply for up to £300 to support the costs of presenting their work within another part of the NIHR.

Are you eligible?

The NIHR VSA is open to all NIHR Academy Members who:

  • are early career researchers (PhD or early career post-doc) undertaking a formal training/academic career development award, which is competitive, includes a training plan and has a defined endpoint (such as an application for further funding)
  • are hosted in a setting with a remit for research capacity development (BRC, ARC, PSTRC or HPRU), or one of the NIHR Schools (SPCR, SPHR or SSCR)
  • receive at least 25% funding from the NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR School for their salary/stipend/fees over the lifetime of the award
  • do not already hold an NIHR personal award, an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship or NIHR Clinical Lectureship 

 Useful documents for prospective applicants

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