NIHR Senior Investigators - competition outcome

NIHR is moving into an important next phase, following a very successful first 10 years.

Senior Investigators, as the NIHR’s senior leaders, are critical to augmenting that success, and developing the health research capability fit for the challenges we must meet in order to improve the future health of the nation.

Fifty new Senior Investigators have been appointed to the NIHR College of Senior Investigators for 2017 following the tenth round (see below). The total College now stands at 200 Senior Investigators and 93 Emeritus Senior Investigators. 

Senior Investigator 2017 competition appointments

New appointments


Total appointments

Total number of SIs





Fifty Senior Investigators were appointed in the 10th annual round of the competition – 41 new appointees and 9 current or previous holders of the award. The total college now stands at 200 Senior Investigators.


New Emeritus appointments

Total Emeritus Senior Investigators



Thirty-nine new Emeritus Senior Investigators have been created and Emeritus Senior Investigators now total 93. 


Senior Investigators are able to occupy their positions for no more than two terms, in order to ensure turnover. This creates opportunities for new researchers to participate in NIHR at this level, incentivising the research community whilst maintaining the College of Senior Investigators at a manageable size.

The new Emeritus status applies only whilst the holders remain in substantive employment. It is a considerable achievement to attain Emeritus status, holders having succeeded twice in open competition and completed two terms as a Senior Investigator.

An independent expert panel chaired by Professor Melanie Davies advised on the appointments. These are made according to criteria of quality and volume of internationally excellent research; its relevance to patients; the public; impact on improvements in healthcare and public health; research leadership; contribution to NIHR; engagement of patients and the public and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.

NIHR Senior Investigators and Senior Investigators Emeritus are listed in the document below. Full details are available on the NIHR Senior Investigators Directory, updated in April each year.

Senior Investigators - list of tenth round appointments March 2017

Senior Investigators 2018 - Competition

The 11th annual round of the NIHR Senior Investigators Competition will be announced in summer 2017. Leading researchers funded by the NIHR or the Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme (and who are employed by a NHS Trust, university or charity based in England) are encouraged to apply. Further details about the competition will be made available on this site.