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NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Research Support Awards 2023



Now in its third year, the CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Research Support Awards recognise the extraordinary work being done across the health and care sector to help in the delivery and promotion of research across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

A great many people play a pivotal role in delivering research, without holding any formal research role. The support of clinicians, administrators and volunteers across NHS Trusts and the wider health and social care community is often vital to the success of a research trial.

Research Support Awards is the research community’s chance to say “thank you” for that support, and recognise the hard work of those who have made vital contributions to the success of research in the region.

Who is eligible for the award?

  • People nominated for an award must NOT work in a research role/ CRN funded post (as a researcher or in research delivery, including R&D teams; Chief Investigators or Principal Investigators)
  • Nominations can be made for teams and individuals
  • Nominations must be for support provided as part of their, or their team’s normal NHS or employment responsibilities
  • Nominees - individuals or teams - must be employed by an organisation within the CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex region at the time of nomination
  • The nomination statement must highlight how the person or team has contributed to research within the last two years (January 2022 to December 2023)
  • If you work for the NHS you can nominate clinical and non-clinical colleagues
  • If you work in the wider health and social care sector you can nominate anyone who helps with research activities

Who can nominate?

Anyone involved in research delivery can nominate a colleague or team.

How to nominate

Nominations can be made online using one of two forms, or you can email your nominations directly to

There are separate nomination forms depending if the person or team you are nominating is based within an NHS Trust, Primary Care or the wider health and social care sector (for example: local government, care home, hospice).

NHS Trusts

Google Form

Primary Care

Google Form

Wider health and social care sector

Google Form

Please explain in 100 to 500 words how the person or team you are nominating has provided support which has contributed to the successful delivery of health and care research. Reasons you might want to nominate your colleagues could include:

  • providing flexible support
  • going above and beyond their role to help you with research activity
  • removing barriers
  • providing administrative or logistical support
  • communicating with patients and supporting patient recruitment
  • showing an exceptional level of initiative, skill and commitment to research within their role
  • demonstrating that research is core part of the service

Closing date

The deadline for nominations is: Tuesday 31 October 2023

What do nominees receive?

If the nominee works for an NHS Trust, they will receive a printed certificate and a copy of their nomination which will be sent to their organisation’s Research and Development Manager/department to distribute.

If the nominee works in Primary Care, or in the wider health and social care sector, the person making the nomination will choose how the person or team will receive the certificate.

Overall winners

One Winner and one Highly Commended entry will be selected in each category.

For NHS Trusts, the categories cover Acute, Community, Mental Health and Ambulance trust.

Each Winner will receive £500 vouchers, and each Highly Commended entry will receive £250 in vouchers.

The winners will be decided by a judging panel consisting of NIHR and public representatives from around the region.