NIHR – Board and Panel Members Sought

 Board and Panel vacancies

We have a number of vacancies for funding board members, panel members and panel chairs for the following health research programmes

• Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
• NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
• NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

Applications are welcomed from people with a wide range of expertise, including clinical staff, service managers, health and public health professionals, subject experts and academics.

For further information and how to apply, please visit our vacancies page.
The closing date for applications is 1pm on 07 June 2013.

New funding opportunities with the NIHR PHR Programme

 Call for research proposals into smoking prevention – Open now

The following new commissioning briefs are now open for applications:

To support teams interested in applying to the smoking prevention briefs we will be holding a webinar at 10:00am on 29 May 2013.  If you are interested in participating please complete the application form available on our website by 3 May. Please note that places are limited.

The commissioning briefs, application deadlines and guidance notes can be found on our website.

Researcher-led call for proposals – Open now

The researcher-led workstream has now reopened for applications. Applicants can submit outline proposals at any time during the year, with three cut-off dates when applications will be considered by the Programme Advisory Board.

The next cut-off date for researcher-led applications is 30 July 2013 at 1pm.

In addition to our standard researcher-led call the PHR Programme encourages applications in the following areas:

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023 8059 9695



Academic Health Science Centres competition 2013

The Department of Health has launched a new, open, two-stage competition to designate Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England.

The role of the newly designated AHSCs will be to increase strategic alignment of NHS providers and their university partner, specifically in world-class research, health education and patient care, in order to improve health and healthcare delivery, including through increased translation of discoveries from basic science into benefits for patients. AHSCs will be able to realise their potential as drivers of economic growth through research partnerships with commercial life science organisations.

The characteristics of the AHSCs will include:

  • strategic alignment of NHS provider and university objectives;
  • the highest volume, critical mass and world-class excellence in basic medical research;
  • the ability to translate findings from basic research into excellent translational, clinical and applied research across a range of interests;
  • ability to translate scientific advances into patient benefit, in order to improve patient care and healthcare delivery;
  • excellence in patient care;
  • excellence in health education;
  • strong partnership governance;
  • strong clinical informatics platform to underpin the delivery of AHSC objectives;
  • strong track record of, and capacity for, productive research collaborations with the life sciences industry and contribution to economic growth;
  • strong patient and public involvement and engagement.

The AHSC designation will be for five years, commencing 1 April 2014.

The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is managing the call and designation process on behalf of the Department of Health.

The closing date for submission of the Pre-qualifying Questionnaire by NHS provider/ university partnerships in England that are interested in being considered for AHSC designation is 31 May 2013 at 1.00pm.

The guidance document is available here.

The AHSC Pre-qualifying Questionnaire Application Form will be available from Wednesday 17th April 2013.

Funding Opportunities with the Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme

 *Commissioned call for proposals*

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the following commissioning brief by 1pm on 30 May 2013.

13/07 – After Francis: Research to strengthen organisational capacity to deliver compassionate care in the NHS

The commissioning brief, application form and guidance notes for this topic are all available on the HS&DR Programme website.

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023 8059 4304

Life Sciences Summit – Free W Midlands Event



Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th March 2013 Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Join high profile speakers, leading clinical and academic experts and business leaders from across the UK at the inaugural Life Science Summit.

 Attend this FREE 2 day event and benefit from a unique opportunity to hear about major developments taking place in the region’s Life Science sector.

 Featuring a keynote speech from the Office of Life Science, delegates will also hear from representatives of the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, University of Birmingham, Health Technology Co-operative, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and the pioneering NIHR Surgical Reconstruction & Microbiology Research Centre. 

 In addition, presentations from key business leaders will provide a unique opportunity to learn, understand and discuss where the future of healthcare business lies.   Discover what’s new and meet with those who can help you innovate, improve effectiveness and build competitive advantage.

 The final summit programme will be released soon, however themes to be covered include:

  • Translating research into business
  • Digital Health
  • Academic Health Science Networks – changing the way academia, industry and the NHS engage
  • Marketing the Business of Healthcare
  • Incubation and start up for life science business
  • Evidence based innovation
  • Trauma medicines and technologies – the opportunities for industry

The event will also incorporate the launch of the Edgbaston Medical Quarter – which provides a focus on and recognition of the world-class medical and healthcare provision Edgbaston, Birmingham has to offer.

 This event is FREE to attend and will attract at least 250 delegates each day.   With over 100 bookings taken already, register today to avoid disappointment.

 For more information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities please contact Lucy Watkins on 0121 452 5630 or email