NIHR Research Professorships

NIHR Research Professorships aims to fund future research leaders to promote effective translation of research ('bench to bedside [T1] and 'campus to clinic' [T2]) and strengthen research leadership at the highest academic levels.

The posts aim to:

  • Enable outstanding academics to spend a fixed 5 year period dedicated to translational (T1 or T2) research at Professorial level;
  • Facilitate strong research leadership and develop research capacity in areas critical to accelerating the transfer of research ideas into improved health.

These awards are open to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in partnership with NHS organisations, based in England only, to nominate health researchers and methodologists with an outstanding record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health.

Each HEI partnership may nominate up to two individuals in each round.

The NIHR Research Professorships scheme is open to all professional backgrounds.  Round 8 has now closed for applications.  Round 9 is currently expected to open mid/late September 2018, however this is subject to change.


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In these short videos, three of our current NIHR Research Professors discuss what this prestigious award means to them.


Interview with NIHR 
Research Professor 
Cathy Creswell

Interview with NIHR
Research Professor 
Rupert Pearse

Interview with NIHR 
Research Professor Waljit Dhillo