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BHIVA Research Awards 2021


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. Successful applicants are announced at the BHIVA Autumn Conference.

The BHIVA Research Awards 2021 are part-funded by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences.

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

Friday 12 March 2021

Application support and additional information available

12 March 2021–16 April 2021

Close online applications (at 1700)

Friday 16 April 2021

Submissions under review

April–August 2021

Research Awards Judging Panel meeting

w/c 6 September 2021

Notify applicants

w/c 4 October 2021

Appeals process window (see item 7.4)

11–22 October 2021

Notify applicants of results of any appeals

w/c 25 October 2021

Announce awards at Autumn Conference and on BHIVA website

Oct/Nov 2021 (date TBC)

Earliest possible start date for winners’ projects

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Funding available for the 2021 award round

In 2021, 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.


Who can apply

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 may be asked to answer questions (remotely) during the Judging Panel meeting (w/c 6 September 2021) - please include your mobile contact number on the application form.

The earliest possible start date for projects is 1 December 2021 (subject to ethics/research and development approval).

Please note: Applications must be made online only. Only applications from BHIVA members will be accepted. If you are not a BHIVA member, please join at: and allow up to 2 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 welcomes 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. In addition, BHIVA is keen to fund small projects that undertake research towards a cure for HIV that would not attract funding from traditional sources.

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

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


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BHIVA Research Awards 2021 - applications are now closed