Royal College of Physicians and Clinical Research Network awards

2018 application form

RCP Awards application form 2018

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To recognise NHS consultants and trainees who are active in research


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network and the Royal College of Physicians (the College) joint awards programme is now open for entry. The awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees who are active in research.


There are five awards available for NHS consultants and five awards for NHS consultant trainees. Applications should be made using the application form. (See panel on right). Please email your application to 

Applicants are required to outline their contribution to the leadership of several NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with a particular focus on:

  • 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, with a particular emphasis on industry (commercial contract) studies.

The closing date for the awards is 23.59 on Monday 16 July 2018.

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.

Trainee award winners will be invited to attend the Royal College of Physicians new members ceremony on 3 October 2018. Consultant award winners will be invited to the Harveian Oration on 18 October 2018.

"The clinicians who have received this award are all worthy winners and their outstanding contribution to research within the NHS is a credit to our profession. In such tough times for the NHS it is great to see that such passion and dedication can still break through."

Professor Margaret Johnson
Academic Vice President
Royal College of Physicians


“The competition was really intense for this year’s RCP prize winners. It is fantastic to see such commitment to research from both consultants and trainees across the country, leading clinical studies to improve outcomes for patients in the NHS.”

Professor Nick Lemoine
Medical Director
NIHR Clinical Research Network

Previous winners




Consultant research awards

Trainee research awards


Consultant research award

  • Professor Colin Rees, Consultant Gastroenterologist, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Trainee research award

  • Dr Christopher McAloon, Cardiology Research Fellow and PhD Candidate currently out-of-program from cardiology specialty training within the West Midlands Deanery