Royal College of General Practitioners and Clinical Research Network awards

Application forms

General practice award
First5® GP award

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Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the NIHR Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS physicians and trainees is essential for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources.

The Royal College of General Practitioners Scientific Board Foundation (SFB) NIHR CRN Awards programme is now open for entry. Running for three years, these awards, for members of the College, recognise research active NHS GPs and general practices. The First5® award rewards research active NHS GPs in the early stages of their careers. The practice award goes to general practices who can demonstrate how they work innovatively as a team to facilitate research in their practice.


  • Practice applications must be submitted in the name of a current Fellow or Member of the RCGP
  • Practices must be contributing to NIHR CRN studies (but not exclusively)
  • First5® GPs must be a First5® member and have contributed to NIHR research in general practice/primary care setting.


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

  • the range and number of patients in NIHR Clinical Research Network studies
  • how patients have been engaged and informed of new opportunities to participate in clinical research
  • their contribution and innovative methods used in the successful delivery of clinical research studies.


  • Practice award - £1000
  • First5® award - £500

Application process and judging of applications

  • Applications should be made using the relevant application form. (See panel on right).
  • Please submit your application via email to
  • Applicants should note the word limit on each section of the form
  • Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email.

The closing date for the awards is 23.59 on Monday 20 August 2018

  • The panel for awards will be comprised jointly by NIHR CRN, RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC), RCGP, SFB and lay representatives
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 7 September 2018. Please note we expect a high number of applications and will be unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Award Presentations

The awards will be presented during the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Annual Conference on 4-6 October in Glasgow.

Award winners must ensure they are able to attend the award ceremony or if unable they must ensure that a representative can attend on their behalf. A complimentary space at the conference for the award date will be allocated to the winners and travelling costs will be covered.


"There were innovative and dynamic examples of practices reconfiguring their clinical practice to increase recruitment; excellent examples of engagement with their patient groups, and firmly embedding research within the culture of their general practices.”

Associate Professor Philip Evans
National Specialty Lead for Primary Care
NIHR Clinical Research Network

Previous winners



  • General practice award - Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Practice, Devon
  • First5® award - Dr Christopher Newark from Buckden and Little Paxton Surgery, Cambridgeshire

Highly Commended:

  • General practice award - Hoverton and Wroxham Medical Practice, Norwich
  • First5® award - Dr Timothy Bray, Beacon Medical Group




Highly Commended:

The awards were presented by the Network's National Specialty Lead for Primary Care, Associate Professor Philip Evans, during the RCGP Annual Conference on 6-8 October 2016 in Harrogate. Watch a video of the presentation.