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BHIVA/ViiV Implementation Science Scholarships

Suggested programme start date: 1 April 2019

Suggested programme completion date: 31 March 2020

BHIVA was pleased to invite applications for the BHIVA/ViiV Implementation Science Scholarships. These are new awards supported by ViiV Healthcare and administered by BHIVA. Three scholarships were available up to a maximum of £5000 per award.

Three successful UK-based BHIVA members from any discipline will be supported to deliver an Implementation Science project and to be trained in Implementation Science methodology. Applicants had to be BHIVA members in order to apply.

BHIVA/ViiV Implementation Science Scholarships

Implementation research is the scientific study of barriers to and methods of promoting the systematic application of research findings in practice, including in public policy. Implementation science may be thought of as a way of putting scientific principles behind projects that enhance the quality of patient care and these scholarships are aimed at funding projects that do just that. Outcomes often relate to how barriers that were previously encountered were overcome in order to put something in place and may be translatable to other geographical settings and clinical environments. Examples include supporting patient testing in acute medical settings by educating staff, texting patients to reduce DNA rates or improve adherence, implementing patient held note systems, or using cards or other prompts to reduce drug-drug interactions. The HIV Outcomes statement (http://hivoutcomes.eu/) might be used to generate ideas for suitable projects.

Applicants should propose an intervention to be delivered and evaluated according to implementation science principles. A suitable project should be based on experience in your local environment. Funds may be used to support the successful applicants to attend the Implementation Science 2-day course hosted by Kings College London annually, or an equivalent course if necessary. If suitable, final results of projects should be submitted to a future the BHIVA Spring Conference for presentation as well as considered for publication in a peer reviewed journal. Successful projects that may have utility in another country setting may be put forward to be developed further.

Applicants need not be experts in implementation science. Applications will be judged on criteria including:

  • Novelty

  • Importance and potential impact on patients

  • Likelihood of success

  • Value for money

  • Sustainability of the implementation after the project ends

Success will be defined as completion of the proposed Implementation Science project within Implementation Science frameworks with an abstract submitted for presentation at the BHIVA meeting as well as published in a peer reviewed journal.

Projects will be funded to a maximum of £5000 per scholar to cover project costs as well as attendance at the 2-day Implementation Science course, if required. Applicants will be expected to detail how their project can be delivered within this amount.

For further information, please contact the Secretariat at bhiva@bhiva.org or call 01462 530070.


2019 applications are now closed