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The aim of this award is to facilitate, reward and encourage applications for NIHR grant awards and is open to all staff in the Trust.  A range of NIHR grants are available, for more information see 'Related Links'.

A successful NIHR grant award supported by this programme must be attributed to, and administered by, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

The award will be fixed payment, roughly equivalent to one clinical session per week per year.  The funding will be for 1 year and the duration of this funding cannot be extended. 

The process is non-competitive and assessment does not aim to judge whether an application will succeed, only that it is credible.  It is accepted that applications will generally be submitted at an early stage.  

Following initial discussions, the applicant will be asked to submit a brief outline of the project proposal with a covering letter outlining the plans for NIHR application, the funding stream envisaged, the deadlines they would be aiming for, and the intended use of the funds.

The outline proposal will be examined by the Research Design Service (RDS) and R&D Manager to check that it is within scope and eligibility.  If it is not there may be a process of discussion to determine if changes to the proposal can facilitate eligibility. 

Successful applicants should maintain a high level of communication with the R&D Manager from the beginning of, and throughout the project.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital