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New Research Support Awards to say “thank you” to non-research colleagues

Research Support Awards

New Research Support Awards have launched today (10 November 2021) to celebrate NHS colleagues who don’t work directly in research but provide essential support to research in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region. 

The awards - launched by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex (CRN KSS) - are a chance for researchers to say “Thank you” to non-research colleagues who have contributed to NHS research delivery in the region.

Dr Joanne Zamani, Chief Operating Officer from NIHR CRN KSS, said:

“We know our researchers do a fantastic job delivering research to advance patient care. We also know there are many unsung heroes, for example colleagues in HR, blood screening and finance, who support our research delivery. Many of these colleagues don’t even realise the impact of their contribution and these awards are an opportunity for Kent, Surrey and Sussex researchers to say ‘Thank you’.

“Reasons you might want to nominate your colleagues could include providing flexible support, removing barriers, supporting patient recruitment or exceptional level of initiative, skill and commitment to research in their role.”

Anyone who works in NHS research with the CRN KSS can nominate a non-research colleague or team.

All nominees will receive a certificate 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.

Nominations are now open and the deadline for nomination is 11.59pm Friday 7 January 2022.

Full details about the awards and how you can nominate your colleagues are on the NIHR CRN KSS Research Support Awards webpage.