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43 research leaders awarded prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator award

Published: 15 March 2024

The NIHR has appointed 43 new Senior Investigators in 2024. 21 Senior Investigators have been appointed for a second term. This brings the College of NIHR Senior Investigators to 200 active members. This is round 17 of the scheme.

Read a full list of the Senior Investigator appointments.

NIHR’s outstanding research leaders

NIHR Senior Investigators are among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR. To be eligible for the scheme, applicants must already be:

  • making a substantial contribution to NIHR
  • receiving NIHR funding
  • leading applied health, public health or social care research.

Many applicants support our committees, serve on NIHR boards and provide leadership at a regional or national level.

Professor Waljit Dhillo, Dean of NIHR Academy, said: “I look forward to working with our new and returning Senior Investigators over the next 4 years. These prestigious researchers are fundamental to NIHR, supporting our strategic priorities and providing visible leadership as NIHR ambassadors.”

Senior Investigator awards are 4 years in duration. Successful applicants receive a discretionary award of £20,000 a year to fund activities that support their research. Senior Investigators are expected to:

  • contribute significantly to NIHR as a senior leader
  • lead the training and development of NIHR’s people
  • be NIHR ambassadors
  • demonstrate research excellence
  • contribute to national growth
  • champion the integration of Patient and Public Involvement in research

Senior Investigators become NIHR Academy Members. They help develop the next generation of outstanding health and social care researchers.

3 profession-focussed selection sub-committees

NIHR’s Senior Investigators work in health, public health and social care. They have diverse professions. This includes nurses, allied health professionals and methodologists. They are also located across the country.

An independent expert committee of professional and public members make appointment recommendations. To reflect the diverse professions represented, the scheme has three subcommittees:

  • Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and Methodologists Sub-Committee
  • Social Care Sub-Committee
  • Medical and Dental Sub-Committee

Round 18 of the Senior Investigator scheme will launch in summer 2024.

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