Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher Award

Applications open: April 2019


Launched in 2017, the Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher awards recognise the contribution that clinical radiologists make to radiology research in the NHS. 

The awards will be in the form of a certificate and £250 award, entitling the holder to be called “RCR Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher of 2019 (Trainee)” and “RCR Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher of 2019 (Consultant)” respectively.

Successful applicants will be presented with their award at the RCR Radiology Research Day in November 2019, and may be asked to present their research.


The award recognises NHS clinical radiologist trainees and consultant clinical radiologists 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.

Two awards will be available every two years, one trainee and one consultant award.


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

Further guidance and details of assessment process will be available

Assessment Procedure

Applications will be assessed by the RCR Clinical Radiology Academic Committee including patient representatives; the decision is final and binding. It is intended that the Committee's recommendations will be reported to the Specialty Training Board meetings for approval and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the decision has been approved. 

A list of past recipients is available. You can read about the projects undertaken by the 2017 Trainee winners in the Spring 2018 issue of the Newsletter.

Any enquiries should be sent to