The NIHR Academy Member experience

We provide training and career development awards, ranging from undergraduate level through to opportunities for established investigators and research leaders. They are open to a wide range of professions and designed to suit different working arrangements and career pathways. 

As part of these awards additional training, networking, mentoring and guidance on subsequent research funding opportunities are provided.

Training awards are provided through two routes:

1. Competition for training awards run by the NIHR Academy. These awards:

  • are generous - attracting university fees, full salary, bespoke training opportunities and research costs in most cases
  • are prestigious with well-defined career paths for various clinical and non-clinical professions
  • provide access to an annual members meeting and bespoke workshops and meetings 

Over 2,000 Members are supported through Training Programmes managed by NIHR Academy.

2. Through specific parts of the infrastructure which have a remit to build research capacity.  

These include NIHR-funded training fellowships in Biomedical Research Centres/Units (BRC/BRUs) and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) or through approved training programmes offered by NIHR Schools, and Translational Research Collaborations.

What does it mean to be an NIHR Academy Member (formerly NIHR Trainees)?

NIHR Dean for Faculty Trainees, Professor Dave Jones explains in the video below (filmed at the NIHR Trainee Meeting 2015)

The impact of an NIHR training award

NIHR Academy Members explain how the NIHR has helped them to develop their careers. This film was created to open the 10th Annual NIHR Trainee Meeting in December 2016.