NIHR Research Professorships Round 12


  • The NIHR Research Professorships aim to fund research leaders of the future to promote effective translation of research and to strengthen health, public health and care research leadership at the highest academic levels.

    The professorships are 5 year personal awards with an extensive support package including three support posts, research costs and a leadership and development programme.

    The scheme is open to all professions and all Higher Education Institutions (HEI), in partnership with NHS organisations, or other providers of health, public health and/or care services based in England, to nominate health, public health and social care researchers and methodologists with an outstanding research record of clinical and applied health research and its effective translation for improved health.

    Candidates must demonstrate they are on a steep career trajectory to become a research leader having spent no more than five years at their current level of seniority at the time of application.

    **Applications for this call are through the NIHR**


The vision of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

The effective translation of research into practice remains a high priority. Research leadership gaps exist at two key stages in the innovation pathway; firstly, in translating new fundamental discoveries into improved treatments for patients/service users, and improvements in public health and care; and secondly, in evaluating promising ideas to drive into routine clinical and care practice.

In order to address this, the NIHR is making available a limited number of prestigious NIHR Research Professorships. The objective of these awards is to fund leaders in the early part of their careers to lead research and to strengthen health, public health and care research leadership at the highest academic levels.

Up to five NIHR Research Professorships will be available in this round.

Each award will consist of a package to support a professorship, including one doctoral and two post-doctoral appointments, research running costs, a travel fund, a leadership and development programme, including access to the NIHR Leadership Programme, the opportunity to request a sabbatical and the basic salary costs of the individual (plus indirect costs, for the lead nominating body which will be a Higher Education Institution (HEI).


All research funded by the NIHR as part of a training award managed by the NIHR Academy must fall within the following remit:
  1. The overall remit of the NIHR is early translational (experimental medicine), clinical and applied health research, and social care research.
  2. NIHR does not support basic research or work involving animals or their tissue.
  3. If the workinvolvesbiomarkers:
    • research that tests whether application of new knowledge can improve treatment or patient outcomes, and has obvious direct potential benefit, is within remit; this might include application of known biomarkers, or other prognostic factors, to refine and test novel therapeutic strategies
    • research that aims only to elucidate mechanisms underpinning disease, or identify risk factors for disease or prognosis (including search for biomarkers) is out of remit.


View full details on the NIHR website.