NIAA Update: September 2021

Welcome to the September 2021 NIAA newsletter


There's still time to submit your applications for a number of NIAA-facilitated opportunities that will remain open throughout September:

RCoA Research, Education and Travel Grants
Funding of up to £2,500 available to RCoA fellows, members, and registered trainees for short, small research projects.
Open until 5pm, Friday 10 September 2021
More information here.

RCoA Macintosh Professorship
Opportunity open to RCoA fellows and members, senior clinicians and scientists to present a lecture on a research topic at a College event.
Open until 5pm, Friday 10 September 2021
More information here.

NIAA Research Grants: 2021 Round 2
Bi-annual research grant funding awarded by NIAA partners for medium-term research projects
Open until 12 noon, Friday 24 September 2021
More information here.

NIAA Research Award 2021
£500 award for new investigators to achieve recognition through presentation at a national meeting with peer-review.
Open until 5pm, Monday 27 September 2021
More information here.

RCoA & NIHR Research Awards 2021
Prizes of £1,000 for Consultants, Trainees & Trainee Networks engaged in NIHR research portfolio studies.
Open until 23:59, Thursday 30 September 2021
More information here.

NIHR Associate Principal Investigator (API) Scheme
The Associate PI Scheme (API) aims to develop junior doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to become the PIs of the future. It provides formal recognition of a trainee's engagement in NIHR Portfolio research studies through awarding Associate PI status, which has been endorsed by the NIHR and the RCoA. For more information read the details here. The API Scheme was also featured in the July RCoA Bulletin which you can read here:  NIHR API.pdf (162 KB).


NIAA Trainee Representatives
The NIAA is recruiting two Trainee Representatives on to the NIAA Research Council to represent the interests of trainees involved in research or academic training. If you are interested in advocating for trainee voices we want to hear from you. More details here.

POMCTN Deputy Director
The UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POMCTN) is recruiting a new Deputy Director to take up post in 2022. Working alongside Director Dr Joyce Yeung, you will help to lead the Network forward into its next period. More details here.

POMCTN Chief Investigator Scheme
The POMCTN Chief Investigator Scheme was set up to provide training and mentor-ship for a small number of talented individuals who wish to lead their own clinical trials in perioperative medicine. The Scheme has now re-opened for new recruits to join in 2022. More details here.


10 - 11 November 2021
Virtual online conference

Book your place and join us for the Anaesthesia Research 2021 conference; this year we have 2-days of virtual content with NIAA partners including:

  • Anaesthetic Research Society (ARS) / BJA Research Forum
  • Association of Anaesthetists
  • Anaesthesia
  • Health Services Research Centre (HSRC)
  • UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POMCTN)

More details and booking information here.


Congratulations to the 16 medical students that were successful in their John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated award applications this year; each awarded £2,000 from NIAA partners the Association of Anaesthetists/Anaesthesia and the British Journal of Anaesthesia/RCoA. Read more about who they are and their research projects here. Stay tuned for details of the John Snow Awards in 2022 here.


We are pleased to announce that following a rigorous assessment process the RCoA has successfully passed the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Peer Review Audit 2020, demonstrating the NIAA's best practice peer review process in its grant-making. Read more about what this means here.