Research Grants

Applications are invited from all College members and fellows for the 2018 RCEM research grants.

Grant application forms can be downloaded from here. For advice on writing a grant application see www.mrc.ac.uk and the following headings should be used:

  • Introduction - what is already known in this area
  • Research Question - usually as a 3 or 4 part question
  • Methods - including sample size calculation if relevant, how the statistical analysis of results will be performed and a timeline for the project.
  • Project Budget Sheet - details of exact costs of proposed project
  • Project timeline - a detailed plan
  • Reasons for support requested - include importance of the question to Emergency Medicine, and future potential of the work for attracting further research funding

Applications will be rated according to the quality of science, the relevance to Emergency Medicine, the potential for academic development of the lead applicant, deliverability and the likelihood that the work will lead to future research funding. Successful applicants will be expected to produce a short report in the approved format on the progress of the project every 12 months and also to present their work at the RCEM Scientific Meeting. More application guidance can be found here.

The lead applicant must either be a trainee, specialty doctor or consultant within 5 years of CCT and a member or fellow of the college. A team based approach with strong EM leadership is encouraged. Appropriate commercial and non-commercial partnerships are welcome.

These grants are eligible for the UKCRN portfolio and are eligible for support from your local clinical research network. Preference will be given to applicants who submit projects likely to lead to UKCRN portfolio adoption.

Applications are particularly welcome themed around the RCEM Top 30 Research priorities, in conjunction with the James Lind Alliance.

Please send your application along with a copy of your CV to the College office or via email to simon.howes@rcem.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 31 August 2018.

For further information regarding the application process please contact:
Simon Howes, College of Emergency Medicine, email: simon.howes@rcem.ac.uk 
Alasdair Corfield, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, email: a.corfield@nhs.net

RCEM Research Grants for Low Income Countries 

Applications are invited for RCEM grants to undertake emergency medicine research in low income countries. The RCEM would like to encourage applications up to £5,000 for a research application focussed on improving the delivery of emergency medicine in low income countries.

Applicants should:

  1. Be practising emergency medicine in a low-income country
  2. Show collaboration on the project with a member or fellow of the UK College of Emergency Medicine who should also be a co-applicant
A grant application form please can be found here. For advice on writing a grant application see mrc.ukri.org The following headings should be used:
Purpose and Background - what is already known in this area and an outline of the value the research will bring to emergency medicine

A Plan of investigation which should include:

  • Methods - including sample size calculation if relevant, how the statistical analysis of results will be performed and a timeline for the project.
  • Project Budget Sheet - details of exact costs of proposed project
  • Project timeline - a detailed plan
  • Dissemination - an outline of how the research findings will be disseminated to inform clinical practice and service delivery
  • Reasons for support requested - include importance of the question to Emergency Medicine, and future potential of the work for attracting further research funding
Applications will be rated according to the quality of science, the importance of the underlying research program, the strength and value of the collaboration with Members and Fellows of the College of Emergency Medicine. Due regard will be given to the relative wealth of the country or countries in which the research will be carried out and the findings acted upon. Successful applicants will be expected to produce a short report in the approved format on the progress of the project every 12 months, and may also be invited to present the findings of the study at our Annual Scientific Conference. 

Please send your application along with a copy of your CV to the College office by 31 August 2018

For further information regarding the application process please contact:

Alasdair Gray, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chair of Research and Publications Committee, Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Edinburgh Emergency Medicine
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Edinburgh, EH16 4SA

alasdair.gray@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Royal College of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor Scheme

The RCEM Associate Professor scheme is aimed at recognising and supporting NHS clinicians who are delivering and supporting high quality research at a level which is broadly comparable with an academic clinical senior lecturer.  Key elements of the scheme led by the College include:

  • The scheme is advertised nationally and RCEM Associate Professor (or similar) title awarded by the College for an initial period of three years, to NHS clinicians or clinical academics by a panel comprising College representatives.
  • Successful applicants will be provided with mentorship and support through the College, including access to academic methodological support in trials and applied health, and dedicated development workshops.
  • The scheme will be launched as a pilot, with a review at the end of the first three-year period. A second round may be considered, subject to the outcome of the review of the pilot.
Person specification

  • Candidates who apply for the RCEM College Professorship award will be considered automatically for the Associate Professor scheme
  • Clinicians from throughout the UK who are fellows of RCEM are eligible to apply. Formal confirmation of support for the application from the applicant’s employer and any supporting institution (e.g. NIHR Local Clinical Research Network or university) is required
  • Applicants are required to be consultant grade and demonstrate excellence in research and leadership. The academic level required is broadly similar to that for a University senior lectureship/associate professorship. The research element should be evidenced by papers, links to grants, and involvement in strategically important research programmes including delivery of clinical research studies and involvement with other elements of research infrastructure or equivalent in the devolved nations. Leadership should be evidenced by, for example, developing emergency medicine research teams locally, involvement with the College, NIHR, NICE, and/or specialty society.
  • Demonstrating funding for protected research time is required at the time of application. We note that potential applicants may already have time funded via a variety of NIHR research infrastructure and other programmes, including, for example, NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and the Clinical Research Network and NRS Fellowships, local Charitable Trust funds or industry income. The minimum time required is 1PA of protected time for a minimum period of three years.
  • Applicants must set out how they plan to use their 3-year tenure to contribute to the work of RCEM, through (a) delivery of clinical research and (b) building research activity and capacity in Emergency Medicine.
Role description

  • The award holder is expected to act as an ambassador for RCEM.
  • The award holder must contribute to the goals of RCEM to increase research capacity and activity within the specialty of Emergency Medicine
  • Specific objectives for award holders will be set out upon appointment after agreement with representatives of RCEM.
  • A set of performance metrics, tailored to the agreed objectives for each post holder, will be developed to ensure progress is monitored and supported. These metrics will form part of a review process.
To apply please send a completed application form to simon.howes@rcem.ac.uk by 5pm 31 August 2018. Interviews will be held in late September.