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NHIVNA Research Awards

Background

Launched in 2019, the NHIVNA research and capacity development fellowship awards scheme is open, through competitive application to NHIVNA members for projects that impact on the improvement of clinical care and management of people living with HIV in the UK.

A total of £10,000 is available, to be distributed amongst the successful applicants according to the quality of the submitted proposals. The awards process is managed through an awards panel. Each application is independently reviewed by two members of the panel and decisions about allocation of awards are made at a meeting of the whole panel. The call for applications is open from 1 June 2021 to 31 August 2021. All applications will be notified of the outcomes within six weeks of the closing date. Successful applicants and award of fellowships will be announced at the annual conference.


Purpose of the awards

NHIVNA fellowship awards provide funding for research or development projects that will improve the care and management of people with HIV in the UK. They are specifically designed to build research capacity in the NHIVNA membership by enabling members with limited research experience to undertake a project with mentorship and support.


Application support and additional information

The NHIVNA research awards programme provides support to all potential applicants including queries on eligibility, and advice on the application process. In addition, NHIVNA provides potential applicants with access to those with research experience who are willing to provide mentorship and support for the project.

All applicants are required to have a NHIVNA research mentor. They will provide assistance and guidance during the application process and over the course of the project. If you have a suitable mentor, then please include their contact details in your application form. If, however, you do not know someone who could take on this role, then NHIVNA has a pool of volunteers from whom a mentor can be allocated to support your application and research, if you are successful.

The NHIVNA research forums have been established to support communities of practice and are therefore a good place to start if you need support with your application or in identifying a mentor. Members of the research subcommittee log onto the forum regularly. If you leave a message on the forum requesting support, one of them will get back to you within a few days. If you do not receive a response within seven days, please send an email to nhivna@nhivna.org.


Awards summary and timelines

The envisaged timeline for the NHIVNA research awards is as follows:

Item

Date

Application process opens

Applications forms available to download from the NHIVNA website

Application support and guidance available – via the NHIVNA forum or individually by arrangement

1 June 2021

Application submission deadline

1700 on Tuesday 31 August 2021

Review of applications

1–24 September 2021

Notification of awards

w/c 27 September 2021


Funding available for the 2021 round

A total of £10,000 is available for the 2021 round to be distributed amongst the successful applicants. You can apply for between £100 – £2,000 for an individual project.


Eligibility

The awards are only open to NHIVNA members, either clinical or non-clinical working with People with HIV in any capacity that contributes to improvement in HIV care and management within the UK.

NHIVNA seeks to support those who are developing and establishing themselves as independent researchers. We welcome applications from NHIVNA members of all grades, irrespective of level of qualifications. Successful applicants will be allocated a mentor, possibly with a doctoral qualification to support with the research project.

There is no restriction on the number of applications someone can make to the scheme. If you have been unsuccessful, we encourage you to seek advice and support prior to submitting to a subsequent funding call.


Application process and checklist

1. Download and read in its entirety the NHIVNA Research Awards Guidance Manual 2021. It will guide you through the application process, providing explanation of what information is required and why.

2. Download and complete the application form.

3. Download and complete the declaration form, which should be signed by both applicant and mentor. It must be submitted by the closing date.

4. Prepare your timelines in a Gantt chart and email by the closing date.

4. Email your completed application form, completed and signed declaration form and Gantt chart to: nhivna@nhivna.org by the closing date of 1700 on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

5. All submissions will be acknowledged. If your application has not been acknowledged, please contact the Secretariat on +44 (0)1462 530068 or email nhivna@nhivna.org.

Download Guidance Notes

Download Application Form

Download Declaration Form