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Development and Skills Enhancement Award Round 9

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 research. The award runs three times a year, opening in January, May and September and will support a mixture of researcher-led applications and applications from areas of strategic importance.

The current themes are:

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

As part of a wider programme of work to consider the use of a narrative CV in NIHR application and funding activities, we are piloting the use of a narrative CV in this funding round.  

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
  • 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 should start their Post-doctorate award between 1 August 2022 and 1 November 2022.

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. Further details about industry opportunities can be found in the guidance notes, including participating companies. 

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