NIHR Senior Investigators:
- Contribute significantly to NIHR as a senior leader
- Lead in training and development of NIHR’s people
- Act as an ambassador for the NIHR in the wider system
- Demonstrate research excellence
- Integrate patient and public involvement in research
- Play a leading role in NIHR’s contribution to growth; for example, through attracting, developing and retaining a highly skilled health research workforce, or by supporting collaborations and contract research with the life sciences industry.
Senior Investigators receive a discretionary award of £20,000 per year of appointment to fund activities that support their research. Funding is awarded for 4 year appointments on the recommendation of an independent Selection Committee. There may be on occasion an exception to this approach; for example, where a previous term of 3 or 5 years has been held.
As senior members of the NIHR Academy, they help guide research capacity development and enhance the career paths of our researchers. This includes participating as mentors in the NIHR mentoring programme and supporting the NIHR Future-Focused Leadership Programme as guest faculty members.
The NIHR holds an annual, open competition to fund Senior Investigators, with selection informed by the advice of an independent Selection Committee.
Members of NIHR Committees are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with NIHR business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within NIHR programmes. All members are asked to complete the Register of Interest form (annually), which is intended to capture long term predictable interests that could be perceived to lead to conflicts of interest. These and other interests are judged on a case by case basis at individual meetings.
NIHR registry of interests
The selection criteria for Senior Investigators are:
- NIHR and applied research focus
- Training and leadership
- Individual research excellence and impact
Senior Investigators receive a 4 year award on the recommendation of the Selection Committee. Senior Investigators can reapply for a second award on completion of the first award, with a maximum of two awards permitted totalling no more than 8 years.
After two awards, a Senior Investigator can apply for Emeritus status.
Our Senior Investigator Directory, updated each April, provides details of all researchers who hold current or Emeritus Senior Investigator status. Over 300 appointments have been made since 2008, with the number of active awards maintained at around 200.
In March 2021, we announced the appointment of 46 NIHR Senior Investigators in the 14th annual round of appointments - 31 new Senior Investigators and 15 reappointments of current or previous holders of the award. Twenty-one new NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigators were created See the full list of 2021 Senior Investigators.
The Senior Investigators selected in our 15th competition will be announced in spring 2022.
Clinical Excellence Awards recognise and reward NHS consultants and academic general practitioners who perform over and above the standard expected of their role. Applicants need to demonstrate achievements in developing and delivering high quality patient care, and continuous improvement in the NHS.
NIHR, as a nominating body, makes a specific number of rank ordered recommendations to Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) for each round of Clinical Excellence Awards. Senior Investigators can apply for NIHR support for national level 9 to 12 (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) Clinical Excellence Awards.
If you would like more information on being nominated by the NIHR via your status as an NIHR Senior Investigator, please contact NIHRLeadership@nihr.ac.uk.
If you'd like be notified when the next Senior Investigator competition dates are announced, please register your details.
You can contact the team that manages Senior Investigator awards via the following methods:
Telephone: 020 8843 8003
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