What makes a good application? Gary Frost Imperial College London
What is it about? NIHR remit 1. NIHR supports training in clinical and applied health research, including social care research. 2. The proposal must have clear potential for benefitting patients and the public within 5 years of its completion (but recognising the training element of the research). 3. The research can involve: patients; samples or data from patients; people who are not patients; populations; health technology assessment; or health services research. 4. NIHR does not support basic research or work involving animals or their tissue. 5. If the work involves biomarkers: research that tests whether application of new knowledge can improve treatment or patient outcomes, and has obvious potential benefit within 5 years, 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. 6. NIHR is also prepared to support research into medical education.
What happens • Submitted application screened for remint • First cut: Panel assessment (12 per panel member) • Second cut: Referee assessment • Third cut: Interview
Panel Post-Doctoral Panel Members (PDF,CDF,SRF)
Candidate Need to demonstrate excellence Doctoral Degree Demonstrates interest in research Post Doc Demonstrated outcome from the PhD Demonstrate publication history Demonstrate funding
Place • High quality for the area of research • Need to demonstrate excellence (REA/REF) • You need to be in the right place • Post Doc and up need to justify where you will be for the fellowship.
Training and Development • Taken very seriously • Strengthen weakness • Learn new skills • Research leadership
Supervisors and Mentors • Experience is very impotent • Main mentor should be a recognised expert • PhD supervisors need to have experience of supervising to completion • For PDF staying in the same place need to broaden there experience • Need to have some expert for all major parts of the project
Interview • Time limited: 10 minutes • Needs to be slick and get over the importance and novelty of the work • Practice in front of people +++++ • Get critical input • Question from the panel • 10minutes on research • 10minutes on career
Summary • Write for the expert generalist, needs to be very clear • Translation is important • Ensure in remint • Do not make unsupported statement • The candidate needs to be surrounded by experts • Supervisors and mentors need a track record