Time to nominate your research stars

Time to nominate your research stars

The Research Excellence Awards recognise individuals or teams that you feel have done the most to contribute to clinical research.

For 2020 we have changed our awards programme to reflect the contributions that clinical research at NUH is making to COVID-19 research:

  • the 2019-20 Research Excellence Awards will be carried over to 2020-21, with exisitng nominations combined with new nominations
  • launching the COVID-19 Research Heroes Awards which will be awarded early in 2021.


Nominations should cover activities which wholly or mostly took place during the year April 2019-March 2020 and/or April 2020-March 2021.

Nominations can be made by:

  • Research colleagues (from any research partner organisation)
  • NUH staff
  • Patients, carers and visitors
  • Partners and collaborators in our research

Nominations can be made via an online nomination form. You do not have to give us your details to nominate, all you have to do is to tell us why you think your nomination should be recognised.

Award winners

The winners will be decided by a specially-convened panel from the Research and Innovation department at NUH. The winners will be announced later in the summer (subject to COVID-19 guidelines).

Directors’ award

The Directors’ award will be selected by the Clinical Director and the Managing Director of Research and Innovation. It recognises innovation in clinical research through:

  • Contribution to international research
  • Contribution to national research priorities 


Award categories

Nominations should be made in the following categories. The same nomination can be made in more than one category, but you must complete a separate entry for every nomination.

Individual awards

Research excellence in Industry engagement

For the development of commercial research studies, effective partnerships with industry or for support to Life Science companies in Nottingham/East Midlands.

Chief Investigator of the Year 

This Award is for outstanding contribution to research and recognises consistent commitment to clinical research and its development at NUH.

Outstanding clinical contribution

For an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of clinical research in their team, their professional group or their service area. This may include education, training and support for early career researchers; increasing research activity; or undertaking new areas of research.

Public Health research

This recognises research done in collaboration with our NHS, local authority and public health partners including primary and social care, Public Health England, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System and Integrated Care Providers.

Rising star 

Recognising the achievements of an early career researcher who has made a significant contribution in their area/clinical specialty. 

Team awards

Research team of the year 

The team that has made the greatest contribution to the effective delivery of clinical research at NUH.

Research impact and outcome 

The team whose research has made measurable contributions to the health and wealth of society.

Excellence in trials administration/management

The team that has done most to enable clinical research at NUH to grow, improve performance or improve the quality and standards of the research we do.

Innovation in patient and public involvement/engagement

Demonstrating the contribution that patients and the public have made to the impact of our research using innovative approaches to involvement, co-design or shared decision-making. 

Closing date

The closing date for nominations has been extended until Friday 28 May 2021.