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Training & development opportunities

NIHR Short Placement Awards for Research Collaboration (SPARC) 

The NIHR SPARC scheme offers NIHR Academy Members (PhD or early career post-doctoral researchers) supported by NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools an opportunity to spend time in other parts of the NIHR; to network, train in a specific skill or collaborate with other researchers/specialists. The placement is funded by awards of up to £5,000 per individual and is designed to optimise and enhance the individuals’ experience as well as their CVs and careers.

NIHR Visiting Speaker Award (VSA)

This award offers eligible Members the opportunity to present research and network with other parts of the NIHR.

Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE)

The Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE) provides a maximum of 1 year of funding for post-doctoral NIHR Academy Members to gain skills and experience for the next phase of their research career. As an applicant you will be required to demonstrate the new skills and experience you hope to gain through the award, and how it will benefit your future career in research.

Funding Opportunities

Find out the current funding opportunities that are available at NIHR.

Call for Expressions of Interest in NIHR Academy Equality, Diversity and Inclusion listening workshops

An initial priority is to more fully understand the challenges and obstacles faced by BAME researchers through a series of confidential virtual small group discussions, beginning 21 October. If you are interested in sharing your lived experience as a BAME researcher for these meetings or to get involved in the EDI wider work please complete the expression of interest form, which also provides more details.

Open Access Policy Review Survey

The NIHR is currently reviewing the NIHR Open Access Policy for peer-reviewed research publications to make sure it works for the breadth of NIHR’s portfolio and our broad stakeholder community. You can share your views by completing this stakeholder survey.

NIHR Webinar Series

These webinars are designed for current and aspiring NIHR trainees and cover a variety of topics to help researchers develop their research careers.

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