Royal College of Emergency Medicine awards


One of the principle remits of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. The Research and Publications Committee is chaired by Professor Alasdair Gray. Its remit includes research, publications and the administration of academic awards and prizes. The RCEM Clinical Studies Group was formed by the Research and Publications Committee in 2014 and makes annual awards to recognise outstanding contributions of RCEM members and fellows to research in Emergency Medicine.

Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through its 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 joint awards, in their second year, will recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees in the conduct of clinical research in the field of Emergency Medicine. The ‘award winners 2018-19’ will be recognised by the award of a plaque and a certificate. The winner(s) of the Young Investigator award will also be eligible for a modest financial award, which must be invested in the award holder’s future research. In addition, up to three applicants for each scheme will be named ‘outstanding contributors 2018-19’. The award winners and outstanding contributors will be asked to present a summary of their contributions to research at the RCEM Emergency Medicine Research Engagement Day event on 18 January, 2019. Applicants will be required to confirm that they are available to attend and make a short presentation.

Eligibility criteria - please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria before applying

Principal Investigator of the Year award

  1. Applicants must be members or fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The awards are designed to recognise the contribution of research active clinicians rather than those who are already career clinical academics.
  2. Members and Fellows who hold a substantive academic university appointment or an externally funded academic fellowship will not be eligible for this award
  3. The award will be made based on the candidate’s contribution to Emergency Medicine research in the United Kingdom over the previous 12 months, including:
    • An outstanding contribution to the design, delivery, conduct and/or dissemination of research
    • An outstanding contribution to building research capacity in the specialty.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 on Thursday 8 November 2018. Please email your application forms and a CV to 

Young Investigator of the Year award

  1. The award is open to both junior doctors who are pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine and consultants in Emergency Medicine who are within 5 years of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)
  2. For junior doctors who do not currently hold a National Training Number in Emergency Medicine, the panel will look for evidence of commitment to pursuing a career in the specialty
  3. The award will be made based on the following criteria:
    • Candidates should show evidence of an interest in becoming active in Emergency Medicine research. A record of achieving peer reviewed publications and a track record of designing and delivering research in Emergency Medicine is desirable but not essential.
  4. The application must include a proposal for a research project to be undertaken. The candidate must show a clear commitment to completing that research and show evidence that it is feasible and deliverable. Desirable criteria include evidence of strong mentorship and institutional support, a proposal that is relevant to Emergency Medicine, the potential for the award to develop the academic career of the individual and to lead on to further funding, the methodological rigour demonstrated in the written proposal and oral presentation, and evidence of structured and realistic costings that represent value for money to RCEM.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 on Thursday 8 November 2018. Please email your application forms and a CV to 

Blue Sky Ideas

Do you have a fantastic research idea you are struggling to get off the ground? This section of the RCEM Clinical Studies Group meeting is open to all clinicians or researchers to pitch a research idea (10 slides or equivalent) to the meeting. There will be open critique and review from emergency medicine research experts and advice on potential funding streams.

We invite applicants to consider the James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership when submitting their ideas. Other research ideas are welcome for open peer and professional review.

Please submit your research on a single page in PICO format:

P - Patient, problem or population
I - Intervention
C - Comparison, control or comparator
O - Outcomes.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is Thursday 8 November at 17.00. All abstracts will be reviewed, and the top scoring ones will be shortlisted for oral presentation. Applicants will receive email notifications containing a decision about their submission from Friday 30 November.

Both clinicians and researchers are welcome to submit Blue Sky Ideas.