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NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE)


01 August 2023


13:00 on 24 November 2023


Supporting Information

Development and Skills Enhancement (DSE) Award Guidance Notes May 2023

The DSE award is a post-doctoral level funding opportunity aimed at supporting early to mid-career researchers in gaining specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their research career. 

Please note that applicants are no longer required to be Academy members.

A DSE award provides funding for:

  • The salary of the award holder for up to 1 year
  • Training and development costs up to £5,000
  • Conference costs up to £1,000
  • Mentorship costs up to £1,000

Full Economic Costings (FEC) are not covered by this award.

The DSE can support post-doctoral researchers who want to further a career in applied health or care research. We are especially interested to hear from those working in the areas of health data science, clinical trials, entrepreneurship and working with industry and those aspiring to start an academic career or return from a career break.

All applicants must:

  • 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
  • have not submitted a DSE application in the previous submission window

The DSE will be open to applications all year round with 3 review periods in August, December and April.

Submission Window

Start Dates

29 July 2023 - 24 November 2023 (1pm)

April 2024 - July 2024

25 November 2023 - 29 March 2024 (1pm)

August 2024 - November 2024