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NIHR CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Research Support Awards



Say thank you to colleagues who don’t work in a research role - as a researcher or in research delivery including in a Research and Development team - but have supported your research by nominating them for a NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex Research Support Award.

We know our researchers do a fantastic job delivering research to advance patient care. We also know there are many unsung heroes who work in areas unrelated to research – for example HR, finance, photography, blood screening – but who provide invaluable support to our research delivery. Many of these colleagues don’t realise the impact of their contribution to research.

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)
  • Nominations must be for support provided as part of their or their teams normal NHS responsibilities
  • Nominees must be employed by an NHS organisation within the CRN KSS region at the time of nomination
  • Nominations can be made for teams and individuals
  • The nomination statement must highlight how the nominee’s/nominated team’s work has contributed to NHS research within the last two years
  • You can nominate clinical and non-clinical colleagues

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 email your nominations to

Google form

Please explain in 100 to 250 words how the person/team you are nominating has provided support which has contributed to the successful delivery of NHS research. Reasons you might want to nominate your colleagues could include:

  • providing flexible support
  • removing barriers
  • supporting patient recruitment
  • exceptional level of initiative, skill and commitment to research in their role.

Closing date

The deadline for nominations is 11.59pm Friday 7 January 2022.

What do nominees receive?

All nominees will receive a printed certificate which will be sent to their organisation’s Research and Development department and a copy of their nomination.

One Research Support Award winner and one highly commended nominee will be selected from each Trust type in our region - acute, community, mental health, primary care and ambulance. Winners will receive £500 for their Trust and those who receive a Highly commended will receive £250 for their Trust.

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