The NIHR Oxford BRC aims to attract, recognise, and develop outstanding researchers. The opportunities for attracting and recognising early to mid-career investigators who are critical to the work and success of the Oxford BRC Biomedical Research Centre are limited. As a step towards addressing this the BRC Senior Fellows Award scheme will recognise and support individuals with the potential and trajectory to become future leaders in translational research.
NIHR Oxford BRC Senior Fellows will be appointed through competition informed by the advice of an expert panel. The Fellows will receive an award of £10,000 per year for a period of two years that may be used flexibly to facilitate their translational research programme and career development. They will commit to participating in a career development programme comprising several masterclasses per year, as well as mentoring/coaching and networking opportunities. Each year they will provide a short progress report. The BRC Senior Fellowship programme is intended to support suitably experienced individuals to advance an independent research area which will enhance BRC research in Oxford and strengthen future BRC funding applications.
Some examples of how the funding may be used include:
- travel costs for research activities;
- conference costs;
- personal career development and leadership training;
- consumables and minor items of equipment (not capital equipment);
- bridging funds to support research staff appointments whilst awaiting new research income.
Applicants should be engaged in translational research which benefits patients or improves the healthcare system, brings health economics benefits, and contributes positively to society. Candidates from a wide range of disciplines are welcome to apply (for example from Medical Sciences, Computer Sciences, Maths Physical and Life Sciences, Engineering etc.). One fellowship will be awarded to an OxARC researcher and two to Oxford Health BRC researchers.
- Applicants must hold a PhD or MD and have 4 to 10 years postdoctoral experience;
- Employed by Oxford University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health BRC or OxARC with a contract until at least the end of March 2022;
- Professional achievement, in particular evidence of leadership, or leadership potential in translational research;
- High potential impact of the research on improvements in healthcare and public health;
- High quality and volume of excellent research (career breaks will be taken into account);
- Evidence of independence or starting to establish independence as a researcher including establishing collaborations and building research capacity;
- NIHR Senior Investigators, or those who have previously held NIHR Senior Investigators Awards, are not eligible to apply for BRC Senior Fellow Awards;
- BRC Theme Leaders/co-leads, Heads of University Departments, OUH Divisional Directors, Associate Heads of OUH Divisions and BRC Steering Committee members are not eligible to
How to apply
Application forms can be downloaded here (zipped Word file).
Guidance for the NIHR Senior Fellow Awards can be viewed and downloaded here (pdf file).
Please return your application to Karen Bell Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org