Research News

Impact of holding an NIHR ACF position

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:29

A study of the impact of 10 years of the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) programme has been published in BMJ Open today (13 June 2017).

As reported in the NIHR News, the NIHR ACF programme, which launched in 2006, was developed to provide a career development programme for doctors and dentists wishing to pursue a clinical academic career. An NIHR ACF post is open to medically or dentally qualified individuals to support 25% of research time alongside 75% clinical training over three or four years. The published paper shows that the programme has been successful in creating a pool of research trained clinicians. It also shows that NIHR ACF award holders are twice as likely to receive further funding than their peers who have not held an NIHR ACF award. Further details are available in the NIHR news article.

Clinical trial data sharing policy update

Friday, 09 June 2017 10:37

The Lancet has published an article announcing a new policy regarding data sharing statements for clinical trials published in certain journals. The article, written by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, describes new requirements to be taken into account by ICMJE editors when considering clinical trial reports for publication.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Clinical Research Network (CRN) awards

Monday, 05 June 2017 12:02

These awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees to the conduct of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies. BSG members Colin Rees (2015) and Shaji Sebastian (2016) and their teams have won these prizes; enter now and aim for three years in a row! Ten prizes are available again this year.

Further information, including eligibility criteria, is available on the NIHR website The awards are open until midnight on 2 July 2017 for entries.

If you have any queries about the awards please contact Laura Odell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Further awards in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine are also open for entries - click on the links for further information.

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP)

Thursday, 25 May 2017 15:27

The UKPRP is a partnership of charity and public funders focused on improving population health, and reducing health inequalities, through the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The UKPRP will extend the existing academic networks in prevention research by enabling public health specialists to join with other experts such as engineers, architects, computer scientists, and social scientists. These more innovative and diverse research teams should have the capability to drive the broad systems-level changes that will be required. The ambition is to invest the £40 - £50 million over 6-7 years in research that delivers impact through working closely with policy makers, providers and the beneficiaries of new interventions, products or strategies. This document sets out the vision and objectives for the UKPRP. It includes outline information on the research funding that UKPRP will provide; further details will be included in the calls for applications, which will be published in June 2017.

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