Royal College of Anaesthetists and Clinical Research Network awards

To recognise NHS consultants and trainee doctors who are active in research


Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS clinicians is an essential condition for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources. These awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees to the conduct of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies.

We are pleased to announce for another year three awards funded by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for their Fellows, Members and Trainee members. These awards for NHS consultants, trainee doctors and trainee networks will be awarded jointly with the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

Application Form

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This award opens for entries on Monday 7 January 2019


  • Applicants must be NHS clinicians (clinical academics are not eligible) and a Fellow, Member or trainee member of the RCoA.
  • Clinicians holding a substantive university contract are NOT eligible to apply for these awards. These awards are for consultants and trainee doctors who contribute to research alongside their usual clinical role/duties.
  • Applicants will only be considered for one of these awards each year.
  • Clinicians can enter under one of the following categories:
    • Consultant (including SAS doctors)
    • Trainee (individual)
    • Trainee Network
  • Applicants must be available to attend the award giving ceremony (please see below).


Applicants are required to outline their contribution to the leadership of several NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

  • how they demonstrate clinical leadership enabling their organisation to increase its participation in clinical studies;
  • how they engaged with patients to inform them of new opportunities to participate in clinical research;
  • their contribution to successful delivery of clinical research studies.

Applications from a trainee network should be made by one lead applicant, providing details of the network’s activities. Some coordination between members will be required if you are applying on behalf of your trainee network.

Applicants should set out how they would use the prize money to increase their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies in future. This may be in the form of support for a personal development plan,or support to develop the trainee network further.


Consultants award of £1,000
Trainee award of £1,000
Trainee network award of £1,000

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Application process and judging of applications

  • Applications should be made using the application form. Any additional information submitted will NOT be considered by the panel.
  • Applicants must include their RCoA Reference Number.
  • Applicants should note the word limit for each section of the application form.
  • Completed application forms must be received by midnight on 30 April 2019. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.
  • Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of RCoA, Clinical Research Network and patient representatives.
  • Successful applicants will be notified within one month of the closing date. We expect a high number of applications and are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Award presentations

The awards will be presented during a prestigious RCoA dinner planned for May 2019 (date TBC). RCoA will confirm the date of the ceremony as soon as possible, and provide complimentary places to award winners to attend the event. Travel arrangements will be provided by the NIHR.

Previous winners


The inaugural Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and Clinical Research Network awards 2016 were presented at the RCoA 25th Anniversary Meeting on 8 March 2017. The meeting marked a year long celebration of RCoA gaining its Royal Charter. Her Royal Highness Princess Royal, RCoA's Royal Patron, presented the awards:

  • Dr Gudrun Kunst received the consultant award
  • Dr James Sheehan received the trainee award

The winners have written about their experience of the day and their award winning research work in the RCoA Bulletin, see page 54-55.

The opening address highlighted the significant developments that have taken place over the last 25 years and looked to the future:

  • With over 21,000 Members and Fellows, representing the three specialties of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine, RCoA is the UK’s third largest Medical Royal College.
  • RCoA’s expertise in education, training and clinical quality plays a vital role in protecting the highest standards of patient care.
  • Anaesthetists are the UK’s largest hospital specialty, playing a critical role in the care of two-thirds of all hospital in-patients.
  • 99 per cent of patients would recommend their hospital’s anaesthesia service to family and friends.
Her Royal Highness Princess Royal presenting the consultant award