CVS Clinical Research Awards (CRAs)

CVS is establishing a Clinical Research Awards programme

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. A CVS employee must be included in the supervisory team for the research alongside university supervisor(s).
  1. Competitive research awards:
    1. These flexible awards aim to support clinical research, including Quality Improvement, and including projects in collaboration with universities.
    2. Up to £25k per annum is available for up to three years. Funding can be used to cover salary costs, stipend or consumables.
    3. Lead applicants can be CVS employees or academics from universities in UK, Ireland and Netherlands.
    4. The investigator team must include at least one CVS employee.
    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 are encouraged.

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 and at least one of the investigator team is an employee of CVS and will be for the duration of the study (if a CVS-employed investigator leaves CVS during the study, a replacement CVS employee must be identified).
  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 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 Netherlands).
  5. The results will directly benefit animal species cared for by CVS. 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. 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 benefits to animals in the study and the future.
    • Details of previous submissions of the same or related proposals.
  1. Funding
    • Current and past funding details.
    • A breakdown of expected 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 two members of the CVS Clinical Research Panel (CRP) before being presented, considered and scored at a meeting of the CVS CRP.

 

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 – 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 up to quarterly.

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. 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 and total project costs and specifying the date by which the project must commence. You will also be advised how to cross-charge and on reporting and publication processes and will be asked for a digital image to help publicise your project. We also require a response from you accepting the award and specifying the project start date. 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.