Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s pre-eminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.They are fundamental to the formation of the NIHR Faculty and form the NIHR College, a prestigious body with a programme of events.
In the latest competition, the NIHR appointed 34 new Senior Investigators, many of whom are associated with the School. We would like to congratulate all those appointed but in particular School colleagues including Chris Salisbury (Bristol), Irwin Nazareth (UCL), Chris Butler (Oxford), Simon Griffin (Cambridge), Nadine Foster (Keele), Matt Hickman (Bristol) and Matt Sutton (Manchester). Richard Hobbs (Oxford) and Martin Roland (Cambridge) were appointed as emeritus Senior Investigators.
This success rate for primary care research is unusual - I am not aware of any new primary care appointments last year - which is an affirmation of the quality of primary care research and a great reflection on the high standard of evidence provided by members of the School" - Professor Chris Salisbury, University of Bristol
Senior Investigators provide research leadership to the NIHR Faculty, promoting clinical and applied research in health and social care; help in planning and speaking at events; will host visiting fellows and mentor Trainees; and, constitute a network of experts, able to provide advice to the Department of Health's Director General for Research and Development.
Senior Investigators receive an award of £15,000 a year as a personal discretionary fund, and attract additional NIHR Research Capability Funding to the main NHS organisation with which they hold a contract of employment or an honorary contract.
Forty-five Senior Investigators were appointed in the eighth annual round of the competition – 18 new appointees and 27 current or previous holders of the award. The total college now stands at 200 Senior Investigators. Sixteen new emeritus Senior Investigators have been created for a total of 23 emeritus Senior Investigators. Senior Investigators are able to occupy their positions for no more than two terms, covering a maximum of eight years. This creates opportunities for new researchers to participate in NIHR at this level, incentivising the research community whilst maintaining the College of Senior Investigators at a manageable size. The new Emeritus status applies only whilst the holders remain in substantive employment. It is a considerable achievement to attain Emeritus status, holders having succeeded twice in open competition and completed two terms as a Senior Investigator.