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Development and Skills Enhancement Award



Supporting Information

The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career. As an applicant you will be required to demonstrate the new skills and experience you hope to gain through the award, and how it will benefit your future career in research.

Applications from the following strategic themes are particularly welcomed:

  • health data science
  • clinical trials
  • entrepreneurship and industry

These are areas which we are keen to develop expertise in, although applicants do not necessarily need to target these areas.

The Award provides a maximum of 1 year funding, which may be used on a part time basis of between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent. There is an expectation that host organisations will match the level of support provided by NIHR. If this is not the case then the level of host support will be assessed as part of the application review process.

Eligibility criteria

All applicants must:

  • be a current or previous member of the NIHR Academy (see Annex C of Guidance Notes for definition)
  • have completed relevant pre-registration training (clinical academic applications only)
  • have a proposed host that is an English 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.
  • not have submitted a DSE application to the previous round.

Industry Partnerships

The NIHR is wanting to promote and 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, 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