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NIAA Research Award

Aim

The NIAA research award aims to promote and encourage current (within 18 months of submission deadline) and active researchers within the field of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine or pain research in the UK.

  • It will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research relevant to anaesthesia, perioperative care or pain.
  • The award will allow new investigators to achieve recognition through presentation at a national meeting with peer-review.
  • The award will be presented annually at the NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting. For 2016 this will be held on Thursday 14th April 2016 at the RCoA in London. Applicants should ensure they are free to attend and present at the Annual Scientific Meeting in the event of being shortlisted.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This award is open to all investigators of anaesthesia, perioperative or pain research within the UK who are members of one of the NIAA funding partners. This includes consultants or equivalent within 2 years of appointment.
  • The applicant will have completed a 'body of work' that may have been presented at an equivalent scientific national or international meeting or published as an abstract or full paper in a peer reviewed journal.
  • A 'body of work' will include a project that covers a clear, evidence-based research question, appropriate methods, well-conduced study/studies and statistical analysis of results drawing to a valid conclusion. A 'body of work' would typically be the equivalent to two or more research papers on one subject area or from a higher degree thesis (MD/PhD).

Application

Applicants are invited to submit a summary of their 'body of work', this should be fully referenced and state the authors contribution. The summary should fit two A4 sheets with 12 point font, 2.5 cm margins and single line spacing; it should be formatted as follows:

  • Abstract title
  • All authors' initials and last names (indicate any non-members using an asterisk)
  • The name of the Institution where the majority of the work was carried out
  • The text of the abstract should not contain headings, but should follow the general progression through background, methods, results, conclusions
  • Use a blank line to separate paragraphs
  • Two tables or figures are permitted, and which should be incorporated into the document
  • If a figure is used, ensure that a figure caption is provided within the abstract document. The figure will be reduced in printing; please do not use any font in the figure smaller than your text font
  • References are listed and cited as specified by the British Journal of Anaesthesia, except that you do not need to provide the titles of papers
  • There is no restriction on the number of references cited but they are included in the page limit.
  • Please acknowledge any source of funding for your study at the end of the abstract
  • Please include the following statement in your email of submission: "I confirm that all authors listed support the submission of this abstract to the NIAA."
  • Where appropriate, please also include the following statement: "I confirm that this study received ethics committee approval or was conducted under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986) (include licence numbers) or equivalent."
  • Summary with word count, title and author should be submitted as plain text, rich text or Microsoft Word format to: info@niaa.org.uk
  • Deadline: Thursday 4th February 2016, 5pm


Work may have been and can subsequently be presented or published elsewhere. The summary of research will be published in the NIAA newsletter and website following agreement from the author. In some circumstances applicants may submit a modified version for publication if inclusion of data may preclude future publication or presentation.

Selection

The finalists will be selected by a panel of judges from the NIAA. They will review the summaries based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and relevance
  • Evidence based background and hypothesis
  • Quality of study design and methodology
  • Appropriate statistical analysis
  • Description of limitations
  • Discussion and appropriate conclusions drawn from the summary of results including the impact that it would have on the future of anaesthesia and perioperative care.

Finalists will be informed by: Friday 18th March 2016

Presentation and Judging

The five top scoring applicants will be invited to present their work orally and will be eligible for the NIAA Research Award competition.

Finalists will be expected to give a 15 minute oral presentation with 5 minutes available for questions and discussion at the NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting. The winner will be selected on the day.

The following criteria will be used to score each oral presentation:

  • Oral presentation that is clear, delivers a logical approach to the evidence-based background and hypothesis leading to relevant conclusions.
  • Robust and well-designed study methodology.
  • Accurate presentation of results including appropriate statistical analysis with use of figures and tables.
  • Questions answered clearly and constructively. Clear viewpoint on application of results to clinical practice and future direction of research.
  • Use of audio-visual equipment to enhance the presentation.


The award winner will hold the 'NIAA Research Award' for one year and will receive an honorarium of £500 and be presented with a certificate embossed with a gold emblem. When awarded runners up receive an honorarium of £250.

Travel expenses (standard class with supporting receipts) will be reimbursed for the 5 finalists and the course fee will be waived.

Originality and Copyright

The author confirms the originality of the work. The submission does not infringe upon copyright, proprietary on personal rights.