Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher Award

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Applications open: March 2021


In 2017, The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) launched its Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher awards to recognise the contribution that clinical radiologists make to radiology research in the NHS. This year, the Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher award is jointly sponsored by the RCR and the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN). 

Two awards are available every two years, one trainee and one consultant award. The awards are in the form of a certificate and £250 award, entitling the holder to be called 'RCR-NIHR Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher of 2019 (Trainee)' and 'RCR-NIHR Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher of 2019 (Consultant)' respectively. The awards will be presented during the RCR Radiology Research Day on the 20 November 2019. Award winners will be expected to give a short presentation of their prize-winning research and must be available to attend this event.


The award recognises NHS clinical radiologist trainees and consultants who are Fellows or members of the RCR in good standing and are active in research, specifically recognising outstanding contributions to the conduct of imaging research, as evidenced by publications or presentations and tangible patient benefit, such as influence on clinical pathways, clinical guidelines or patient management.

  • Applicants may self-nominate for the award but should be recommended/ seconded by a Fellow of the RCR

  • Applicants should be contributing to NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio studies


Trainee applicants should be radiologists working in UK in a recognised training post. This would include academic clinical fellows (or equivalent), but exclude academic clinical lecturers and those currently taking time out of training for a higher degree.


New consultants are eligible to apply for the trainee award for research undertaken as a trainee/ Fellow in the last two years.

Consultant applicants must be radiologists working in UK, wholly employed by the NHS in a predominantly clinical capacity (≥75% clinical commitment; ≥7.5/10 equivalent sessions per week). They may hold an honorary university post, but holders of a tenured university post (Senior Lecturer, Reader or Chair) are not eligible.

To apply

Applicants will need to submit:

  • A full curriculum vitae
  • Completed application form
  • Applicants will be required to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

    • the range and number of patients in NIHR CRN studies

    • how patients have been engaged and informed of new opportunities to participate in clinical research

    • the contribution made to the delivery of studies

    • innovative methods of study delivery

  • Letter of support from a research active FRCR holder or Training Programme Director

Further details of the application and assessment process will be available.

Assessment procedure

Applications will be assessed by an RCR/NIHR panel including patient representatives; the decision is final and binding. 

A list of past recipients is available. Details on projects undertaken by the 2017 Trainee winners can be found  in the Spring 2018 issue of the RCR Newsletter.

Any queries should be sent to: