CVS Clinical Research Awards (CRAs)

We had a great response to our initial call for applications for our clinical research awards and will release details of successful applicants shortly. Our next deadline for submissions is midnight Monday 13th June. If you’re thinking about applying, you’ll find guidance below.

This programme will provide:

  1. Salary for a CVS statistician/epidemiologist.
  1. CVS residency awards:
    1. Up to £5k for each CVS resident to support clinical research required as part of the residency programme (the proposed research must be approved by the CVS Clinical Research Panel).
  1. University residency awards:
    1. Up to £5k to support clinical research required as part of a residency programme within a veterinary school in UK, Ireland or Netherlands.
      1. Inclusion of a CVS employee in the supervisory team for the research is encouraged.
  1. Flexible research awards:
    1. These flexible awards aim to support clinical research, including Quality Improvement, and projects in collaboration with universities/research institutes. The awards will prioritise research addressing clinical questions.
    2. Up to £45k per annum is available for up to three years. Funding can be used to cover salary costs, stipend, consumables and utilities/software specifically required for the research.
    3. Lead applicants can be CVS employees or academics from universities/research institutes in UK, Ireland and Netherlands.
    4. Inclusion of a CVS employee within the investigator team is encouraged.
    5. These awards could support PhD programmes or could be awards to support other research projects of up to three years. If supporting a PhD project, we would expect to see university funding for student fees. These awards are not intended to support residency programmes per se.
    6. Applications from vets and nurses within CVS and qualifying universities/research institutes are encouraged.

CVS Research budget summary graphic

Guidance for applicants

To qualify for a CVS Clinical Research Award, a research proposal must meet the following criteria:

  1. The study is supervised by people with appropriate veterinary clinical skills and knowledge. Collaborative research projects with applicants from universities/research institutes and CVS are strongly encouraged.
  2. The study involves only naturally-occurring disease in domestic species cared for by CVS; there must be no experimental or artificial induction of disease.
  3. CVS Ethics Committee approval has been obtained or, if not, the steps being taken to ensure that the project achieves ethical approval are outlined. If ethics committee approval is being sought elsewhere (eg RCVS or a university ethics committee), the application and approval must be sent to CVS Ethics Committee for review.
  4. Any interventions on animals (including obtaining samples) would be considered part of recognised veterinary practice (and fall under the veterinary surgeons’ act in the UK). Investigators should be familiar with UK law regarding research on animals and these standards will be applied to all territories (advice is available if necessary to applicants from Ireland and the Netherlands).
  5. The results will have a direct benefit to animal species cared for by CVS, or to veterinary clinical practice. If the benefit is not direct, further steps (and at what cost) before a benefit becomes apparent should be stated.

How to apply

Deadlines for applications will be published each year. There will be one call a year for flexible research award applications and two calls a year for residency research awards. Please submit your applications to clinicalresearchawards@cvsvets.com. We ask for the following:

  1. General
    • Details of the applicant/co-applicants including contact details, qualifications, and current posts.
    • The study title, its proposed start date, and duration.
    • A lay summary to help us with promotion and publicity of the project.
    • The research question and background behind it.
    • Proposed methods and experimental design.
    • Details of outcome timings and planned analyses. If necessary, please consult with the CVS statistician prior to submitting your application.
    • Proposed clinical benefits of the research and the intended outputs of this project.
    • Details of previous submissions of the same or related proposals.
    • If available, presentation of results from pilot data would be considered beneficial to your application.
  1. Funding
    • Current and past funding details.
    • A breakdown of expected total project costs and requested costs.
  1. Student support (if applicable)
    • Supervisory details.
    • Information about planned student training.
  1. Ethics
    • Please submit your Ethics Committee application and approval.
  1. CVs of all applicants
    • Name.
    • Current post (title, institution/practice, date of appointment).
    • Posts held within the last 10 years.
    • Details of previous research experience or training (include title, amount and source of funding).
    • Relevant publications (list up to 5, give the citation in full, including the title of the paper and list all of the authors).
    • Additional information that relates directly to the application (use up to 10 lines of text).
  1. Supporting documents
    As well as the ethical approval documents, please also supply:

    • A letter of support from your line manager.

What happens after you apply?

Your application will undergo a detailed review by at least two members of the CVS Clinical Research Panel (CRP) before being presented, considered and scored at a meeting of the CVS CRP. Each application will be scored on three areas: i) quality and study design, ii) clinical impact and iii) likely productivity of the proposed research.

 

The CVS CRP consists of:

  • Chief Veterinary Officer (chair) (or nominee)
  • Chair of CVS Ethics Committee
  • SA Clinical Director (or nominee)
  • Equine Clinical Director (or nominee)
  • Farm Animal Director (or nominee)
  • Laboratory Division Director (or nominee)
  • Referrals Division representative – Dr Nicolas Granger
  • CVS statistician – Dr Imogen Schofield
  • External member 1* (Professor Sarah Freeman – Equine, Nottingham)
  • External member 2* (Dr Richard Meeson – Small Animal, RVC)

*External members will be appointed for a period of three years and will typically be experienced veterinary researchers with expertise that will complement the panel.

You may be given the chance to respond to CRP reviewer questions before the voting stage of the process. CRP meetings will be held biannually.

CRP members may also be applicants. However, CRP members who are also applicants on a project proposal will not be involved in the assessment of such proposals.

We will notify you of our decision shortly after the relevant CRP meeting. Some applicants may be asked additional details about their project proposals based on questions that arose during the CRP meeting. The responses to these questions will aid the CRP in making a final decision. If unsuccessful, you are welcome to resubmit your application once more in a future round of award calls as long as this is made clear on the application form.

If successful, you will receive a communication confirming the decision outlining total project costs and specifying the date by which the project must commence. We will require a response from you accepting the award and confirming the project start date. All awards will be subject to signed acceptance of the CVS grant university funding agreement or CVS employee terms of agreement.