The NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools include centres with a remit to grow future research capacity, which are:
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.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and detail which Infrastructure and Capacity Building Structures programme you are enquiring about in the subject area.
The NIHR Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) scheme allows NIHR Academy Members (PhD or early career post-doctoral researchers) supported by NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools an opportunity to spend time in other parts of the NIHR; to network, train in a specific skill or collaborate with other researchers/specialists. The placement is funded by awards of up to £5,000 per individual and is designed to optimise and enhance the individuals’ experience as well as their CVs and careers.
Applicants are encouraged to fully explore and maximise the wide range of facilities, expertise and opportunities available to them across the NIHR for their personal and professional development, and develop a placement that is bespoke to their individual training needs, background, skills/experiences, as well as their proposed career trajectory.
We are encouraging potential applicants to consider planning and undertaking placements in other parts of the NIHR that have developed partnerships and collaborations with industry partners. In embedding themselves within already established NIHR-Industry partnerships the aim would be to develop skills and gain experience of what is needed to have a successful working relationship with industry (including the life-sciences, med-tech, SMEs and food industry).
The NIHR SPARC is open to all NIHR Academy Members who meet all of the criteria detailed below:
The NIHR SPARC competition opens annually in September/October. Exact dates are available closer to the time of the competition scheme launch.
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.
The NIHR VSA is open to all NIHR Academy Members who meet all of the criteria detailed below:
Guidance notes for Round 7 of SPARC.
Information for NIHR public contributors on new Standard Application Form (SAF) changes
Read the evaluation summary of the NIHR Academy Infrastructure Visiting Speaker Award
Information about Round 1 VSA case studies
Information and guidance from previous SPARC awardees.