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 new 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.)
- Applicants must hold a PhD or MD and have 4 to 10 years postdoctoral experience (shorter or longer if non-conventional career path/time out of science for any reason);
- Employed by Oxford University or Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a contract until at least September 2021; Candidates whose BRC-funded contracts are due to expire in 2020 will still be eligible to apply but the award will be given for one year only in the first instance.
- 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, previous BRC Principal Fellows and candidates with established research groups and substantial research funding are not eligible to apply for BRC Senior FellowAwards;
- 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 apply.
Return your application to Ali Keeble-Smith Ali.Keeble-Smith@ouh.nhs.uk