RCR-NIHR Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher Awards

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Applications open: July 2023


The RCR-NIHR Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher awards recognise the contribution that clinical radiologists make to radiology research in the NHS. The scheme is jointly sponsored by the RCR and the National Institute for Health Research. 

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 2021 (Trainee)' and 'RCR-NIHR Outstanding Clinical Radiology Researcher of 2021 (Consultant)' respectively. The awards will be presented during the RCR Radiology Research Day on Thursday 25 November 2021. Award winners will be expected to give a short presentation of their prize-winning research and must be available to attend this event virtually.


The scheme will recognise research active NHS Trainees and Consultants that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR 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.

  • NHS clinical radiologist trainees and consultants who are Fellows or members of the RCR in good standing and are active in research,

  • 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.

Guidance Notes

All applicants must read the Guidance Notes before applying

To apply

Applicants will need to submit:

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

    • range and number of patients in NIHR CRN studies

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

    • contribution made to the delivery of studies

    • innovative methods of study delivery

  • Letter of support from a research active Fellow of the RCR (usually Training Programme Director for trainee applicants).

Further application guidelines will be available 

Assessment procedure

Applications will be assessed by a joint RCR and NIHR panel including patient representatives; the decision is final and binding. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email - please make contact if you have not received this within 2 weeks. Applicants will be informed of the outcome in early November.  

A list of past recipients is available.

Any queries should be sent to: