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NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award
The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) is a post-doctoral award aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members who wish to gain specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their research career. 
Host institution
Higher Education Institution in England, NHS Body or other provider of health and/or care services. 
Applicants must be a current member of the NIHR Academy.
For Clinical academic applicants, applicants my have completed their relevant pre-registration training. 
Applicants must hold a relevant PhD or MD, or have submitted a thesis for examination at the time of application.

If you are an NIHR Academy member who has recently completed, or will soon complete, a funding Award, you may be eligible for the Development and Skills Enhancement (DSE) Award, which is now open for applications.

The DSE award is aimed at supporting NIHR Academy members to gain specific skills and experience to support the next phase of their research career.  

This post-doctoral opportunity is available for individuals based within NIHR Infrastructure/ Schools who meet the criteria to be an NIHR Academy member, and is open three times a year. 

The award can be used to build a bespoke training programme to develop skills and experience in any academic area of expertise. Although not limited to these themes, the NIHR is particularly keen to see applications from people wishing to develop skills in:

  • Health Data Science (case study)
  • Clinical Trials
  • Entrepreneurship and working with industry.  

NIHR will cover the salary of the applicant for up to 1 year, training and development costs up to £5,000, conference costs up to £1,000 and mentorship costs up to £1,000. Full Economic Costings (FEC) are not covered by this award. 

For tips on applying for the DSE Award watch the recorded webinar.


Criteria to be an NIHR Academy member

An NIHR Academy member based within NIHR Infrastructure or Capacity Building Structures should satisfy all three of the bullets points below:

  • Be undertaking a formal training/career development award, which should meet all of the following criteria: be competitive, include a training plan and have a defined end point (such as an application for further funding).
  • Receive at least 25% funding from the NIHR* for salary/stipend over the lifetime of the individual’s award.
  • Be hosted in a setting with a remit for research capacity development**

* for ARCs funding can be from NIHR or from an official co-funding partner
** This includes: NIHR BRCs, PSTRCs, ARCs, SPCR, SPHR, SSCR.