BRC Clinical Fellows attend 12th NIHR Infrastructure Doctoral Research Training Camp

27 October 2021

Earlier this year, BRC Clinical Research Fellows Susanna Slater and Justin Mencel attended the 12th annual NIHR Infrastructure Doctoral Research Training Camp hosted by the NIHR Academy.

A group photo which includes Susanna Slater, pictured second from right
Pictured: Susanne Slater (second on the right) with the rest of the winning team.

Sixty doctoral students from across the NIHR Infrastructure were invited to attend the three-day residential camp, which included talks and workshops centred around the theme of 'applying for further funding.' 

Attendees were also tasked with writing a grant proposal for the fictitious 'NIHR Making People Healthier' research programme. In teams, they had to identify a research aim to improve the public's health. Multi-disciplinary team involvement and integrated Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) were integral to a successful application.

Experienced academic mentors supported teams, and each group had an opportunity to make appointments with replications of the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS), PPI representatives, the finance office, and the programme director to guide and enhance their research proposals throughout the exercise. The submission deadline for the Research Proposal had to be submitted on the same day as they were given the task.

On the final day of the camp, the groups pitched their submitted research proposals to a panel with a presentation and panel Q&A.

Justin said: "Working with a brilliant team from around the UK, the group I was in managed to submit a grant application in 24 hours from concept to paper with the help of some incredible mentors from the NIHR Academy."

The winning team featured Susanna Slater who said: "The NIHR Training Camp was a fully immersive learning experience requiring us to work in small groups with other researchers from different medical specialities across the UK to put together a fictitious research proposal for a grant of up to £350,000 from the NIHR."