BSIR Educational, Research & Audit Bursaries
The BSIR is committed to supporting the performance and dissemination of original research relevant to interventional radiology. An annual fund of up to £50,000 may be available for Interventional Radiology educational, research and audit bursaries. The exact apportionment will be decided by the Education Committee in the light of the proposals received. The bursary may be awarded in whole or part to a single applicant or may be divided between several applicants.
Applications for the 2013 BSIR Educational, Research and Audit Bursaries will be accepted from Saturday, 1st June 2013 and should be made on the relevant form and sent as a PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on Saturday, 31st August 2013 at the latest. The Education Committee will subsequently make recommendations to BSIR Council on successful awards.
Applicants should provide an outline of the research project for which funding is sought along with a specific indication of the use to which the funds will be put.
Projects will, typically, enhance delivery of the highest standards of interventional radiology patient care, safety and outcomes within the NHS. Hence research must be of clear value to the NHS and should take account of Department of Health and NHS priorities and needs. Applications will be judged on merit by the Education Committee which will subsequently make recommendations to BSIR Council on successful awards. Where appropriate, external review may be sought.
In the event of a conflict of interest, such as an application from the same hospital as a Council or Committee member, that individual will not take part in the adjudication process. Applications will be ranked at a panel meeting and this ranking will act as the basis for funding allocation. Projects will be funded in ranked order until funding is depleted.
Application forms and guidelines are below. Applicants may find the article on ‘Tips for submitting a successful grant application’ posted on the BSIR website (click here) a useful tool in aiding their submission.
BSIR Education Bursary 2013 Application Form
BSIR Research Bursary 2013 Application Form
BSIR Research Bursary 2013 Guidance Notes
BSIR Audit Bursary 2013 Application Form
BSIR Audit Bursary 2013 Project Guidance Notes
Use of Research Funds
Awarded grant funding will normally have been utilised within 18 months of the date of approval. Projects which have not commenced within this timescale will require a letter to the BSIR Education Committee Chair from the lead applicant detailing the reasons for the delay and the expected revised start date for the project. Continued support for the project by the BSIR research grant will be at the discretion of the BSIR Education Committee.
Bursaries may contribute to any relevant research purpose, may fund complete projects or pump prime more extensive research. Typical projects funded will fall within the remit of any specific calls from the BSIR, and may (for example) comprise implementing novel interventions, methods to enhance outcomes or demonstrate efficacy. Applicants are required to justify the funds requested which may include, but are not restricted to:
1. Purchase of equipment which is essential to the project (explicit justification must be included within the proposal).
2. Radiological or laboratory investigations
3. Reasonable travel / subsistence expenses where necessitated by the project deliverables (travel to another centre to learn a research technique would not be considered an appropriate use of funding but could be considered for an educational grant: admissible costs might include travel to project meetings, or dissemination of research outputs at conferences; brief justification of these costs should be included in "Funding Requested" in the application form.
4. To finance research staff
5. To purchase clinical time (allowing a doctor to perform research as part of their sessional commitment: this would require written agreement of the employing trust.)
Details of a research or trust fund into which the grant will be deposited will be required as part of the submission.
Any award by the BSIR is intended exclusively to support the research protocol within the applicant’s proposal. In exceptional circumstances, changes to the schedule of expenditure that are of clear benefit to the project may be considered following submission of: 1) a revised schedule, 2) an interim project report, to the Education Committee.
The BSIR will require confirmation that any research involving human subjects will be conducted according to the spirit of the Declaration of Helsinki and that all necessary local / national ethical committee approvals have been obtained prior to commencement of the research. Applicants need to have completed a course in Good Clinical Practice for research. For further detail, and on line application, see: www.corec.org.uk. It is accepted that sometimes a funding decision is required prior to consideration by a Research Ethics Committee.
As a condition of the award, successful applicants are required to provide an annual written progress report (deadline end of July) plus a final written report on completion of the project, for publication in the BSIR newsletter. The report should incorporate those elements outlined in the ‘guidelines on report submission’; including all publications or presentations arising from the funded research.
The successful applicants are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at the BSIR annual scientific meeting. Submission for peer reviewed publication to CVIR or other relevant journal is also encouraged. The financial support of the BSIR should be acknowledged in any publications or presentations arising from the work.
BSIR Education Committee 2012 /13