The Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (LA SPARC) scheme supports individuals working in local authority settings and NIHR Academy members to design and apply for funds to undertake short placements allowing them to move between NIHR and Local Authority settings in either direction.
Are you interested in hearing about the issues and challenges being faced in a practice setting; sharing knowledge and experience to support you in developing partnerships and collaborations for co-creating meaningful research?
The NIHR is offering up to £15,000 for eligible NIHR Academy Members to design and undertake short placements in a local authority setting. You could use this opportunity to:
- work alongside service commissioners and providers and hear first-hand the issues and challenges being faced at the local level
- develop meaningful collaborations and joint ways of working
- gain an insight into the opportunities and challenges of implementing research in fast moving and politically led environments
- enhance your CV and academic career opportunities
The deadline for applications to the new Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (LA SPARC) is 1pm on the 25 November 2021 and applications must be made via the NIHR Academy Research Awards Management System (ARAMIS).
Please note: this scheme is separate to the standard NIHR SPARC scheme where NIHR Academy Members can undertake placements within another part of the NIHR, which has also launched (SPARC Round 8) and further information can be found here
If you are interested in a placement with us at the NIHR School for Public Health Research we have recently been awarded a third round of funding which will start April 2022 to advance and extend the School’s current research themes of Children, young people & families; Public mental health; and Places & communities. Read more about our research programmes and cross-cutting themes here.
Members of the NIHR School for Public Health Research 2022-2027
● University of Sheffield
● University of Cambridge
● University of Birmingham collaboration with the Universities of Warwick and Keele (PHRESH) – new member
● London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
● University of Bristol
● Liverpool and Lancaster Universities Collaboration for Public Health (LiLaC)
● Imperial College London
● Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities)
● University of Exeter – new member
The School aims to build the evidence base for effective public health practice by bringing together England’s leading public health research expertise in one virtual organisation. The School conducts applied public health research to increase the volume and quality evidence on cost-effective interventions and supports local public health practitioners and policy makers to engage with research and seek out research evidence to inform their decisions.
We have many Local Authority/Third Sector Links and Partnerships, if you would like to find out more about these please contact firstname.lastname@example.org