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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)
  • Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)
  • 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.

The NIHR Infrastructure Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) allows early stage researchers supported by an NIHR Infrastructure Award 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.

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

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 the NIHR SPCR, SPHR or SSCR;
  • receive at least 25% funding from the NIHR Infrastructure for their salary/stipend/fees over the lifetime of the award;
  • are in a position to complete the award between April 2019 and February 2020;
  • 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 Infrastructure Visiting Speaker Award (IVSA) 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 IVSA 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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