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Aug 4

Internal Selection Process for Major Funding Opportunities

Katie Konyn

in News

Applications are now invited for internal shortlisting for the 2016/17 rounds of NIHR Research Professorships and Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust Award for Biomedical Research.

  • NIHR Research Professorships Round 7 (2016/17)
    • Deadline for internal selection process: 5pm, Monday 26 Sept 2016
    • Candidate interviews Monday 24 October
    • Funder deadline: mid-December 2015 (date TBC, formal call announcement expected late September)
    • Shortlisting: UCL can submit two applications to this call. The UCL panel will be comprised of the Faculty Deans
    • Remit: Candidates should be working in the fields of experimental medicine, public health medicine, health services research or methodological research. Basic or animal research are not eligible. The research is expected to have patient benefit within the lifetime, or shortly after completion, of the award
    • Nominee eligibility: Outstanding early career academics (i.e. not already an established leader) demonstrating a steep career trajectory over the last 5-10 years
    • Award: 5 years, no funding cap but typically ~£1.5-2M (based on previous applications)
    • Other details: We are aware that NIHR may stipulate a requirement for gender balance in the two nominations in round 7

    Further information and full scheme guidelines: SLMS Facilitation webpages (intranet)

    Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust Award for Biomedical Research (2016/17)
    • Deadline for internal selection process: 5pm, Monday 26 Sept 2016
    • Candidate interviews: Monday 24 October
    • Funder deadline: Tuesday 1 November (preliminary application)
    • Triage: UCL can submit one application to this call. The UCL panel will be comprised of the Faculty Deans
    • Remit: Translational biomedical research involving research on patients. Research programme cannot focus on cancer or HIV / AIDS related diseases. Programme must be supported by pre-clinical data from the candidate’s own work
    • Nominee eligibility: In the early years of an established career and on an upward career trajectory
    • Award: £1.5M over 5 years
    • Other details: From previous rounds we have learnt that the proposals should include work in humans where there is a distinct unmet clinical need and a clear clinical outcome. The Trust is open to funding riskier research if they can clearly see that it will transform the way we work and that the risk is appropriate

    Further information and guidelines:
    Full scheme guidelines
    Process and instructions for internal selection (intranet)

    Who should apply to which call?
    • Candidates should read the full guidelines of both schemes before applying
    • NIHR Research Professorships is a personal award that includes full salary for the PI. It should be considered an investigator-led proposal with a clear career development plan to reach the standing of international leader. The research must provide the opportunity for patient benefit within 5 years of completion
    • The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust Award is a 5-year biomedical research programme. It should be a transformative piece of work and does not need to have an explicit career development plan but should be based on pre-clinical data arising from the applicant’s own work. The applicant must already have an international reputation in the field
    • The Sir Jules Thorn Award expects patient benefit but this can be within a longer time-frame than that expected by NIHR Research Professorship
    How can candidates apply?

    Full information about the internal selection processes for both schemes is available on the SLMS Facilitation webpages. Full scheme guidance is also available and candidates must read this in full before applying to the internal selection.

    Got questions? Please refer to the FAQs on the SLMS Facilitation webpages. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please contact SLMS Facilitators at rsc-slmsfunding@ucl.ac.uk.