The College’s Clinical Studies Group runs various awards throughout the year. Details of awards and competitions can be found below, along with details on how to enter.
In January, the Research Committee are holding two events, the Trainee Research Engagement Day (TRED) and the Research Engagement Day (RED) on the 19th and 20th January respectively. If you’d like to learn more about either event, please follow the respective links.
+ EM Undergraduate Essay Prize 2023
This year RCEM are pleased to announce two categories of prize:
Applications are invited for the 2023 Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Undergraduate Prizes. Applicants are required to be an undergraduate student at a
recognised teaching institution within the UK but are not required to be a member of
the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
Applicants will be accepted from both
medical and non-medical students. There will be two prizes awarded and the value of
each prize will be £500.
The RCEM Undergraduate Essay Prize winners 2023 will be required to present their
work at the RCEM Scientific Conference 2023 which will take place in Glasgow from
September 26-28th 2023. The prizes will in addition fund the winner’s reasonable travel,
accommodation, and registration fee for the RCEM Scientific Conference 2023 and a
one-year membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
The essays should describe original Emergency Medicine research or quality improvement. This work should not previously have been published in a journal or presented at a major UK/international conference and with a clear applicability to EM.
Each essay has a word limit of 1500 words including any tables, figures and headings
(but excluding references). Entrants will be disqualified for submissions more than this.
Up to 2 figures/tables are allowed.
Essays must avoid any reference to any institution or anything that may reveal the
author’s identity. Only one applicant can be considered per submission and applicants
are not permitted to submit to both categories.
Applicants must have played an important part in the relevant research/quality
improvement and must have personally written the submitted work. The Awards will
be determined by the Research & Publications Committee of the College of Emergency
Medicine, with or without the advice of external assessors.
Applications along with a completed application form which both must be written in
English should be submitted in Microsoft Word format electronically to
Theo.Chiles@rcem.ac.uk by 17:00 Friday 24th February 2023.
For more information, contact:
Research Essay Prize
Professor Matt Reed, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Edinburgh on 0131 242 1284
Quality Improvement Essay Prize
Dr Edd Carlton, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Bristol on 0117 414 4985 or
Application form available here (Pdf version)
Application form available here (Word version)
Friday 20 January 2023, Octavia House, London
Do you have a fantastic research idea you are struggling to get off the ground? This section of the research engagement day is open to all clinicians or researchers to pitch a research idea (5 slides max) to the meeting. There will be open critique and review from ED research experts and advice on potential funding streams.
There is up to £5000 funding from RCEM available to support the best Blue Sky ideas which will be decided by a panel on the Research Engagement Day.
We invite applicants to consider the James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership when submitting their ideas. Other research ideas are welcome for open peer and professional review.
Please submit your research on a single page in PICO format: P – Patient, problem or population
I – Intervention
C – Comparison, control or comparator O – Outcomes
The closing date for submission of abstracts is Friday 06 January at 17:00. All abstracts will be reviewed, and the top scoring ones will be shortlisted for oral presentation. Applicants will receive email notifications containing a decision about their submission from the following week.
All submission forms will be discarded 3 months after the event date. The information supplied in this form will be shared with judges. Your name and email address will be kept on record for 3 years so we can contact you about the outcome of this submission and when future opportunities to submit abstracts arise. Should you wish to remove your details from our database, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Category A: Early Career Researcher* and those new to research showing a significant contribution to recruitment into NIHR portfolio studies
Targeted towards Medical professionals (including consultants within three years of consultant start date) working in Emergency Care Research. The panel will be looking for evidence to support all of the following criteria:
Category B: Early Career Researcher* and those new to research from all nursing and allied health professional groups showing a significant contribution to recruitment into NIHR portfolio studies
Targeted towards nurses and all allied health professionals working in Emergency Care Research, including, but not limited to: Nurses, Pharmacists, Physician Associates and Emergency Nurse Practitioners. The panel will be looking for evidence to support all of the following criteria:
Category C: Emergency Care Research Team making an outstanding contribution to the NIHR portfolio studies in 2020-2022
Targeted towards the entire spectrum of clinical trials teams contributing to Emergency Care research. The panel will be looking for evidence to support all the following criteria:
Application Process and Judging of Applications
The awards will be presented during the next RCEM Research Engagement Day on Friday 20 January 2023 at RCEM Octavia House, London There is an expectation that the winning applicant of each category will be available to attend the ceremony.
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Royal College of Emergency Medicine and NIHR Awards Application Guidance Notes | NIHR
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*Please note: an Early Career Researcher (and those new to research) is defined as being a health care, social care and public health professional currently in training posts or within 5 years (excluding career breaks and extended pro rata for those in less than full-time work) of appointment to substantive NHS (or equivalent) positions. Special consideration will be given to those who can demonstrate they were only able to take up research opportunities later in their career.
+ Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship 2023
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is launching a number of Pre-Doctoral Fellowships. Applications are invited from trainees in Emergency Medicine (EM) from CT1 and above, as well as non-training middle grade clinicians and ANPs/ACPs who wish to develop academically. This scheme will fund 12-month Fellowships aimed at offering the holder protected research time which will be used primarily to develop proposals for a larger Doctoral Fellowship Award application (e.g. NIHR), which will be undertaken at a later date.
Fellowship time may also be used to conduct pilot research which will contribute to the proposal. This research can involve patients, samples or data from patients, people who are not patients, populations, health technology assessment and health services research. RCEM does not fund research work involving animals and/or animal tissue.
Potential applicants and their host organisations should note that the RCEM Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme is a personal award designed to contribute to an individual’s salary costs (the remainder being provided by the applicant’s supporting consortia) during the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. The Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship (RCEM-DRF-Policy) is aimed at individuals of outstanding potential, early in their research careers. It aims to facilitate them through the early stages of a doctoral fellowship application process in an environment reflecting their individual talents and training needs. It is anticipated that successful applicants would aim to obtain funding for a doctoral fellowship within 2 years of completing the RCEM Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.
Following completion of an RCEM Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Fellows are expected to have successfully completed a robust research and training programme and be able to show evidence of:
Evidence of the above will be sought through interim and final report monitoring.
Research projects undertaken as part of a RCEM Pre-Doctoral Fellowship may be included on the NIHR portfolio. Local Research Design Service (RDS) https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/support/research-designservice.htm support should be available for all NIHR portfolio project research proposals.
Fellowships will be awarded based on open competition. Applications must be received by Mon 10 April 2023. Interviews will be held in late April 2023.
All documents must be submitted in English.
Fellowships should begin between April and September 2023 and cannot normally be deferred.
27 February 2023 – Advert open
10 April 2023 – Closing date (17:00) for submissions
12 April 2023 (W/C) – Shortlisting by Panel
April 2023 – Interviews and decision to award (date TBC)
September 2023 – Latest date to begin award
Applicants are asked to keep interview dates available to attend for interview in London (although interviews may be held remotely as circumstance dictates).
Please follow either of the links below to obtain your application form.
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2023 Application form (word version)
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2023 Application Form (pdf version)
Closing date: 17:00, Monday 10 April 2023
+ Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN) Fellowship
A new TERN Fellow was appointed in 2022. The application window for the next Fellowship will begin in early 2024.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) is launching the second round of the RCEM TERN Fellowship scheme. This scheme will fund 50% of the successful applicant’s time over a two year period subject to progress.
Applications are invited from trainees or clinical fellows in Emergency Medicine at ST3 level or equivalent who wish to develop this exciting project, with academic support and mentorship from the previous TERN fellow, college professors and the RCEM research committee.
TERN aims to improve research opportunity for all trainees, advanced practitioners and fellows in emergency medicine by facilitating multicentre research projects selected and designed by trainees. Such networks have been hugely successful in the allied specialties of anaesthesia, neurosurgery and general surgery leading to increased research awareness, improved academic training, co-authored publications and changes to clinical practice 1-3. Network projects present a strong opportunity for both academic and non-academic trainees to engage with national research, thus maximising output and impact from non-clinical time. Although still a relatively new network, TERN has already delivered several trainee conceived and designed national portfolio-adopted projects across over a hundred UK sites; successfully collaborated with Australasian colleagues to deliver an international headache project; secured NIHR partner funding for a 2022 research study on a JLA priority topic; and has published a number of articles on our work.
This fellowship scheme supports TERN through dedicated funding to support project development, co-ordination and delivery. Academic mentorship for the project and fellowship will be provided throughout the post by the RCEM Professors and local supervisors. Assistance with infrastructure, meeting rooms, communications and networking will be provided through use of the RCEM facilities and a modest dedicated budget line.
This scheme is an ideal opportunity for those who have a desire to engage with academic emergency medicine and consider development of a portfolio career. The role will offer significant exposure to project development and delivery, including liaison with research design services, ethics committees, research and development services and use of the IRAS platform. Previous research experience in these areas would be advantageous, but is not essential. Applicants could take up this role either on a Less than Full Time training basis, or as a dedicated and prearranged OOPFR placement.
Potential applicants and their host organisations should note that the RCEM TERN Fellowship Scheme is a personal award designed to contribute 50% of an individual’s base salary costs (the remainder being provided by the applicant’s supporting consortia).
Following completion of the Fellowship, the successful applicant is expected to have designed and delivered at least one clinical research study through the national TERN network, and significantly enhanced the visibility and co-ordination of TERN. Additional goals considered may include the following:
Evidence of the above will be sought through interim and final report monitoring. Support for formal research training will be considered during the fellowship in line with individual commitment and career trajectory.
Research projects undertaken as part of TERN will be included on the NIHR portfolio. Local Research Design Services (RDS) http://www.nihr.ac.uk/infrastructure support all NIHR portfolio project research proposals. In addition, NIHR portfolio adoption will facilitate the engagement of clinical research nursing teams based in every hospital to assist with data collection, research governance and oversight.
The next application window will begin in early 2024.
(i) Essential Criteria
|Current appointment as a trainee or clinical fellow in Emergency Medicine in UK or Republic of Ireland (RofI).||CV /College Data|
|Commitment to the specialty of Emergency Medicine, demonstrated through career path, continuing professional development and examination.||CV|
|Enthusiasm for project development and delivery||CV +/- interview|
|Evidence of sustainability planning for the duration of the project (Out of program time prearranged, or trust clinical fellow role secured) *||CV +/- interview|
|Previous relevant committee experience, either through RCEM or EMTA||CV +/- interview|
|Critical Appraisal Examination training, and/or success by examination||CV|
|Higher qualification in research or education (MSc or equivalent)||CV|
|Familiarity with social-media based communication, engagement and knowledge translation strategies||CV +/- interview|
|Evidence of team co-ordination and leadership within clinical role, organisational role within trust or external role||CV +/- interview|
|Evidence of prior academic writing (through publication, presentation, abstract writing, blog posting or local project)||CV +/- interview|
|Evidence of national trainee liaison roles||CV +/- interview|
|Evidence of previous research engagement or activity (such as research governance training, good clinical practice training and/or formal research design/delivery)||CV +/- interview|
* A letter signed by the applicant’s Educational Supervisor and local training program director should be provided in support of these criteria where relevant.
+ RCEM/NIHR Clinical Research Network Associate Professor Scheme
The RCEM/NIHR Clinical Research Network Associate Professor scheme is aimed at recognising and supporting NHS clinicians who are delivering 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 in partnership with NIHR CRN include:
The application form is here. Applications close at 5pm, 12 December 2022.
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