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Training within NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools

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

  • Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)
  • Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs)
  • 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.

For information on how to find your local training lead, please view our find your training lead document.

Further Information

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

Round 6 of the Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) is OPEN for applications until 1pm on 16th December 2019. 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/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, or are at one of the NIHR Schools;
  • 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  the opportunity to present their research and network with other parts of the NIHR Infrastructure.

The purpose of the award is to encourage networking and collaboration within the NIHR and help researchers gain valuable experience of the presenting their research.

We are inviting NIHR Academy Members in the NIHR Infrastructure who are fully or partly funded to apply for up to £500 to support the costs of going to present their work in another NIHR Infrastructure centre. Applicants can come from or go to:

  • Biomedical Research Centres (BRC)
  • Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)
  • Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs)
  • NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPHR)
  • NIHR School for Public Health Research (SSCR)
  • NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR)

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/career development award, which is competitive, includes a training plan and has a defined end point (this may be an application for further funding);
  • are directly funded by an NIHR award to a part of the NIHR Infrastructure with a remit to build capacity (Biomedical Research Centres (BRC), Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs) or at the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) or NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR), and;
  • receive at least 25% funding from the NIHR Infrastructure for their salary/stipend/fees over the lifetime of the award.

 Useful documents for prospective applicants

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