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CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands Research Fellow Scheme


Research Fellow Scheme

The Research Fellow Scheme is designed to allow time to develop into a research leader with good knowledge and insight into the research process and to become an ambassador for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). This will in turn build future research capacity in the NHS whilst supporting and developing recruitment into NIHR portfolio studies. The posts are each funded equally between CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands (CRN TVSM) and a CRN TVSM Partner organisation.

Who can apply?

Post-graduates training in 1) medicine or 2) nursing / allied health professions are eligible to apply. The applicant will need to demonstrate that at least 50 percent of their time will be dedicated to supporting recruitment into NIHR portfolio studies. Applications are welcome from individuals in primary, community or secondary care.

Financial Support

Successful applicants will receive funding of up to £40,000 per annum dependent on salary, profession and training at time of application. The award will be equally funded by us and the ‘host’ organisation (see below). The CRN-funded portion of the candidate’s time must be spent on supporting or developing recruitment into NIHR portfolio studies. For the other 50 percent of their time the candidates may undertake NHS clinical duties or pursue other research activities. Applicants will have to submit signed agreement from the partnering organisation that they have secured funding for the other 50 per cent of their time. If staff of higher grades (whom have been in post less than three years), wish to apply, please be specific in the application form how the finance shortfall will be managed as we are unable to fund above £40,000.

Role of the Sponsors

Each applicant should have a named sponsor to support their application. A sponsor is a senior, permanent member of staff in one of our partner organisations. The sponsor will be a principal or chief investigator for a NIHR portfolio study and who will commit to facilitate and support the research fellow on the scheme. They will also advise on the research training and supervision arrangements, which will be key to the success of the fellowship. Applicants must consult their sponsor in respect of their proposed application prior to submitting the application.

Role of host organisation

Awards within the scheme are made to individuals and ‘hosted’ by the our partner organisation where the sponsor is located. Applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for acceptance in the nominated NHS organisation.

Scheme Leadership

The scheme has oversight from our executive and clinical specialty leads. The leadership group will liaise with the sponsor to ensure that there is appropriate clinical support and provide an oversight of portfolio research activity of the research fellows.

Tenure of award

The duration of the award is for one year.

Part-time working arrangements

Applicants may wish to undertake their award on a part-time basis. The cost of the award should be requested on a pro-rata basis. Applicants who wish to undertake the scheme on a part time basis should consider carefully how they will manage the award and agree a plan with their sponsor.

Review of Progress

Award holders will be required to provide a quarterly progress report. In addition award holders will need to attend events organised by us for the cadre of fellows, together with their sponsoring clinician and we would expect them to present on what they have achieved under the scheme at a CRN meeting towards the end of their tenure.

Research Training

The sponsor and our leadership team will ensure successful candidates have appropriate research training competencies as required that may include: literature review, protocol design, ethics application, data management, documentation, PPI involvement, funding, safety, recruitment, consent, delivery, statistics, dissemination and knowledge transfer with assessment of research impact.

Application Process

Applications have now closed for 2021.