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BHIVA Research Awards

Originally launched in 2006, the BHIVA Research Awards are open, through competitive application, to all BHIVA members for research projects that impact on the improvement of clinical care and management of people living with HIV in the UK. A minimum of £30,000 per annum is available, to be distributed amongst the successful applicants according to the quality of the submitted proposals, with a maximum of £10,000 award per application.  The awards panel is chaired by an independent chair.

Applications for grants or funding for research or other projects made directly to the Association are reviewed by the BHIVA Executive Committee at its meetings and considered based on merit and their relevance to the objectives of BHIVA.

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National Institute for Health Research

2020 winners

In 2020, the BHIVA Research Awards received 14 high quality applications from both large and small centres, requesting a total of £201,557.58. The BHIVA Research Awards Judging Panel is proud to announce the following five successful applicants being awarded a total of £68,325.32:

  • 'Discontinuation of tenofovir in HIV-1/HBV coinfected patients: a feasibility study', Dr Daniel Bradshaw, Public Health England

  • 'Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the short form HIV Disability Questionnaire among women living with HIV in the United Kingdom: A cross-sectional self-report measurement study', Mr Darren Brown, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

  • 'POWER: ParticipatiOn of WomEn in HIV Research', Dr Lisa Hamzah, St George’s, London

  • 'The mechanisms of gut immune dysfunction in HIV-1 and HIV-2 infection and their implications for HIV-1 persistence', Dr John Thornhill, Barts Health, London and QMUL

  • 'Analysis of Broadly Neutralising Antibody Resistance in Adolescents and Young People living with HIV', Dr Penny Zacharopoulou, University of Oxford


Don Jeffries Research Award 2020

In 2012, as a memorial to the late Professor Donald Jeffries CBE, the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee instituted an award for the top-scoring project in the BHIVA Research Awards applications. This award has been set up in perpetuity, to honour Professor Jeffries' unerring support and dedication to the British HIV Association.

The 2020 Don Jeffries Research Award was presented to Dr John Thornhill at the BHIVA Autumn Virtual Conference 2020 on Tuesday 24 November 2020, for submitting the highest scoring application in the BHIVA Research Awards 2020.

The BHIVA Research Awards 2020 were part-funded by Gilead Sciences. BHIVA is also grateful for donations from BHIVA members.


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

BHIVA has been successful in its application for NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR) approval for the BHIVA Research Awards. Clearly this is a great step forward for our awards programme and confers significant advantages to the recipients of BHIVA awards. Please see below for details:

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner Status
BHIVA is now an NIHR non-commercial partner in respect of its Research Awards funding stream. Appropriate research studies funded through this NIHR non-commercial partner funding stream are now automatically eligible for inclusion in the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio and therefore entitled to:

  • Use the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS permissions (NIHR CSP), which is accessed via the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)
  • Access NHS support via the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

Please note that to gain inclusion on the NIHR CRN Portfolio any research study funded by BHIVA must also meet the standard study eligibility criteria, namely that it:

  • Is a discrete structure research project with an appropriate study protocol
  • Is of clear value to the NHS
  • Involves NHS patients, staff, premises, facilities or resources
  • Requires NHS support via the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

Please refer to the following websites for further information about: