Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to nominate up to two people for a Professorship; however, HEIs will no longer be able to put two men forward for the award. If they wish to nominate two people, one of them must be a woman.
The NIHR aims to build capacity and the number of women in research with changes to its NIHR Research Professorship award
The other amendment announced is the introduction of available funding for support posts. The NIHR Research Professorship has always provided one Post-Doctoral level support post for five years and for Round 7, this will continue, but with the addition of one Post-Doctoral level post for 3 years and one Doctoral level post for 3 years. The aim of this change is to build research capacity more widely and across different academic levels to accelerate the transfer of research ideas into improved health.
The changes of the NIHR Research Professorship award will take effect in Round 7 which closes 14 December