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The fourth round of the Development and Skills Enhancement Award is now open.

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.

It supports you to gain specific skills and experience for the next phase of your research career and to make you more competitive in the next funding application.

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 NIHR is particularly keen to see applications from people wishing to develop skills and experience in the following three areas: Entrepreneurship and working with industry, Health Data Science and Clinical Trials.

Please note that the definition for NIHR Academy members based within Infrastructure and Schools was updated at the beginning of the year:

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.


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