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Nominations are now open for the West of England Research Awards!

Nominations for the Clinical Research Network West of England (CRN WE) 2023 Awards are now open.

The ceremony will acknowledge the work of CRN-supported staff during the last year (from April 1 2022). Full details of the 10 award categories can be found at the bottom of this article.

Ifan Jones, Chief Operating Officer for the CRN WE said: “After the success of our inaugural ceremony last year, I’m excited to announce that nominations for this year’s West of England Research Awards are now open. The ceremony last year was a great occasion for us to come together and recognise the incredible work that has been achieved in our region. I can’t wait to read all the nominations that we receive this year.

“Last year we received 162 nominations across the 9 categories and we had really positive feedback from the people who were nominated. The act of nominating a colleague for an award can be a fun and engaging way to show your appreciation for their hard work. I’d encourage everyone from the research community to nominate an individual or team who you feel deserves recognition.”

To nominate yourself, your team or a colleague, please complete the online nomination form.

Nominations close on Monday 15 May 2023 at 5pm.

Award categories

Rising Star: An individual, team or site that is in the early stages of their research journey, but is already making positive changes and significant contributions.

Collaboration in Research: Individuals, teams or sites who have come together and made a significant impact. Those involved, with their combined skill sets, have collaborated to great effect to achieve a shared goal.

Supporting and developing colleagues: An individual or team who has developed and delivered initiatives to support workforce development and/or wellbeing.

People-centred research: An individual or team who are making outstanding contributions to include and engage patients and the public in the delivery of research or to improve the experience of taking part in research. This may include promoting equity of access for people to get involved in research, efforts to provide an inclusive participant experience, or promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives, recognising the obstacles to participation for different demographics in our local communities.

Embedding research in health and care: An individual or team who has bridged the gap between health and care practice and research, or a non-research colleague or team who has promoted research in their area.

Continuous improvement: An individual or team who has initiated improvement to a process or way or working, in fulfilment of continuous improvement.

Lead network study of the year: Recognising a Chief Investigator and/or study team for a portfolio-adopted study arising from the West of England.

Specialty Lead of the Year: A CRN WE Local Research Speciality Lead, Divisional Research Lead or GP Champion who has made a significant contribution to their specialty area and the work of the CRN.

Research in new settings: An individual or team who has worked to bring research to new settings, especially in non-NHS settings.

Partnership with industry: Recognising an individual, team or collaboration at site level who have gone above and beyond in delivering a commercial study and/or supporting effective partnerships with industry.