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Development and Skills Enhancement Award Round 12


10 January 2023


31 March 2023


Supporting Information

The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) is a post-doctoral level award aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their research career. Applicants need to demonstrate what new skills and experience they hope to gain through the award, and how it will benefit their future career in health and care research.

The current themes are:

  • health data science
  • clinical trials
  • entrepreneurship and working with industry

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must:

  • be a current member of the NIHR Academy
  • have completed any relevant pre-registration training (clinical academic applications only)
  • have a proposed host who is an HEI, NHS body, or other provider of health and/or care services
  • hold a relevant PhD or MD, or have submitted their thesis for examination at the time of application – applicants must have been awarded their PhD or MD by the time they start the award
  • ensure that any previous NIHR awards undertaken finished no longer than 12 months ago – this does not include any time taken for statutory leave
  • have not submitted a DSE application in the previous round.

Successful applicants for this Round will start their award between 1 August 2023 and 1 November 2023. Applicants looking to start their award later than 1 November 2023 should apply to the next round in May 2023.

Industry partnerships

The NIHR would like to increase the number of people with the necessary skills and experience to work at the interface between Higher Education Institutes, industry and the NHS.

Therefore as part of this round, we are offering jointly funded NIHR Industry Partnerships with Videregen Limited, MiroBio Limited and Sonosine.

Benefits of partnerships

Jointly funded Partnership Fellowships enable researchers to:

  • maintain and build a relationship with both the NIHR and a partner organisation
  • engage with and receive valuable input from patient groups, making the most of the public and patient engagement/involvement opportunities available
  • receive greater research exposure through a variety of media and communication channels.