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BHIVA Research Awards 2018


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 total of at least £30,000 per annum is available, to be distributed amongst the successful applicants according to the quality of the submitted proposals. The Awards panel is chaired by an appointed chair and the call for applications is open between December and February. Successful applicants are announced at the BHIVA Autumn Conference.

Purpose of the Awards

BHIVA Research Awards provide funding for research projects that will improve the clinical care and management of people living with HIV in the UK or research towards a cure.

Application support and additional information

The BHIVA Research Awards programme provides support to all potential applicants, including queries on eligibility, the application process and scientific questions.

In addition, BHIVA also provides registrars with access to senior doctors who can be contacted for advice on a particular project.

For support with your application, or for information on the mentoring programme, please contact the BHIVA Secretariat at

Awards summary and timelines

The envisaged timeline for the BHIVA Research Awards is as follows:



Online applications open at 0900

Monday 4 December 2017

Application support and additional information available


Close online applications (1730)

Friday 9 February 2018

Submissions under review


Research Awards Judging Panel meeting

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Notify applicants

Week commencing 23 July 2018

Appeals process (see item 7.3)

Week commencing 23 July 2018

Notify applicants of results of any appeals

Week commencing 6 August 2018

Announce awards at Autumn Conference and on BHIVA website

Friday 5 October 2018

Earliest possible start date for winners’ projects

Monday 3 December 2018

Funding available for the 2018 award round

In 2018, a minimum of £30,000 is available to be distributed amongst the successful applicants. These funds will be distributed to several projects in categories of up to £10k and up to £30k.

The allocation of all funds will depend on the funding available and the quality of applications received.

Please see below for more information on the type of projects that will be accepted for review.


The Awards are only open to BHIVA members, either medical or non-medical, working on HIV infection in any capacity that contributes to improvement in HIV care and management within the UK.

BHIVA seeks to support clinical and non-clinical researchers who are developing and establishing themselves as independent researchers. Therefore, applications from persons who are not yet independent researchers or who do not hold an established academic or clinical post would be particularly welcomed and encouraged to apply for the BHIVA Research Awards.

Applicants should be available to answer questions (via teleconference) during the Judging Panel meeting (Tuesday 26 June 2018) – please include your contact number on the application form.

The earliest possible start date for projects is 3 December 2018 (subject to ethics/research and development approval).

Please note: Applications must be online only from 4 December 2017 onwards. Only applications from BHIVA members will be accepted. If you are not a BHIVA member, please join at: and allow up to 5 working days for your application to be processed. In addition, successful applicants must retain their BHIVA membership during the entire period of any research project supported by the BHIVA Research Awards.

Types of Projects

BHIVA particularly welcomes projects that focus on the following topics:


Research towards a cure
BHIVA would like to fund research projects in this vitally important area. Finding a cure for HIV is not, and must not be considered impossible. BHIVA is ideally placed to fund small projects that would not attract funding from traditional sources. Small research projects are vitally important as they often lead the way to the crucial breakthrough and provide the science on which larger research programmes rest.


BHIVA will accept for review all projects that may lead to improved patient care in the UK or studies that have the potential to translate into improvements in UK HIV clinical care and management.

Project categories

Applicants will be asked to submit their application in one of the following 13 categories:

1. Access and service delivery

2. Age-, gender- and migration-related issues

3. Transitional research, immunology and virology

4. HIV-related cancer and malignancies

5. Children and pregnancy

6. Complications of HIV disease or treatment

7. Diagnosis and testing

8. Epidemiology and surveillance

9. HIV treatment and pharmacokinetics

10. Clinical management issues in HIV

11. Opportunistic and co–infections

12. Pathogenesis and prevention

13. Sexually transmitted infections

NIHR non-commercial partner status

BHIVA is a National Institute for Health Research (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 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 research studies funded by BHIVA must 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:

NIHR CRN Portfolio (information on study eligibility, funding and accrual data)

NIHR Home page

IRAS (researchers use this site to begin the process of applying for NHS Permissions and for inclusion in the NIHR CRN Portfolio).

How to apply

  • Download and read in its entirety the BHIVA Research Awards Guidance Manual, which will guide you through the application process.

  • Download the application form. The completed application must be submitted through the BHIVA Research Awards page on this website.

  • Download and complete the declaration form. The completed form must be submitted through the BHIVA Research Awards page on this website. In addition, a hard copy signed by both the applicant and supervisor must be sent to the Secretariat by email to or by post.

  • Applications will only be accepted in MS Word format submitted through the BHIVA Research Awards page on this website.

  • Supplementary information files (in MS Word format) may be included in support of the application (no longer than 4 pages – documents longer than 4 pages may be arbitrarily cut).

  • All submissions will be acknowledged. If your application has not been acknowledged, please contact the Secretariat on 0208 369 5380 or email

Guidance Manual, Application form and Declaration Form

Download the Guidance Manual

Download the Application Form

Download the Declaration Form

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