The first ever Public Health England (PHE) and NIHR CRN award has been developed to recognise public health professionals and early career researchers* who are active in research
Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS and social care settings, particularly through the NIHR Clinical Research Network. During this time, significant changes have taken place to network infrastructure and culture, to ensure that public health research is effectively supported to provide a strong evidence base to tackle the public health challenges we face. Part of this work is developing a closer relationship with Public Health England so that the important research undertaken by PHE can benefit from network support.
By investing in, and supporting those working within population health research, is crucial in improving public health across all settings, topics and methodologies, as well as having closer connections while working together.
The PHE/NIHR CRN research awards offer a really important opportunity to do just that. The awards aim to make close connections and showcase research skills, processes and outputs, and encourage the adoption of PHE research studies on to the CRN portfolio.
The scheme will be open to public health professionals and public health early career researchers
The research undertaken by applicants should meet CRN eligibility criteria
Any research undertaken or resulting from an award will not be automatically eligible for CRN portfolio status. The process for inclusion in the CRN portfolio will remain the same.
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 should note the word limit for each section of the application form
Completed application forms must be received by midnight on 8 December 2019. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged
Applications will be assessed jointly by a PHE/NIHR CRN panel including public representatives. Other representatives may be co-opted with agreement from PHE and NIHR CRN
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
The prizes will be a conference place for a public health professional and a place for an early career researcher.
Public health professional and early career researcher award winners will receive a complimentary conference pass to attend the Public Health Research and Science Conference taking place 31 March - 1 April 2020. Travel arrangements will be provided by NIHR CRN.
The awards will be presented at the conference dinner during the Public Health Research and Science Conference planned for Tuesday 31 March 2020. To ensure a high profile for the awards, we suggest presentations to award winners could be made at PHE’s annual conference.
For full details, or to apply, visit the call webpage.