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NHIVNA Research Awards


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 £3,000 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 to 31 August each year. 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.

Research Awards 2022

Applications are now invited for the 2022 awards round.

Application process is open until 31 August 2022.

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.

Funding available for the 2022 round

A total of £3,000 is available for the 2022 round to be distributed amongst the successful applicants. You can apply for between £100 – £2,000 for an individual project.


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.

How to apply

Please download and read the Guidance Manual, which includes full details of the awards and notes on how to prepare your application.

You should submit your completed application and declaration forms to the NHIVNA Secretariat at by 1700 on Tuesday 31 August 2022.

Download Guidance Notes

Download Application Form

Download Declaration Form

Previous winners

Winners from 2019 awards round

  • Emma Hainsworth: 'Identifying priority areas for interventions to improve healthcare experiences for patients with a dual diagnosis of HIV and cancer and describing the barriers and facilitators to their implementation'

    Click here to watch the three videos on 'Life with HIV and Cancer' featuring the powerful accounts of three people who have generously shared their stories.

  • Charlie Hughes: 'Initial perceptions of HIV nurses involved in delivering a community-based intervention to improve engagement of HIV patients in care and treatment – qualitative enquiry'

  • Felicity Young: 'What is the experience of HIV healthcare while in English prisons? An exploration of men’s experiences.'