Research Awards

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Application Process:

The British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) is one of the largest UK membership organisations dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the provision and delivery of critical care nursing.  This involves providing the opportunities and services which support personal and professional development that promote the art and science of critical care nursing.  This includes supporting nurses with research opportunities consisting of study awards that may involve adoption of studies onto the NIHR Comprehensive Research Network (CRN) portfolio.  The BACCN is a non-commercial partner with the NIHR which allows researchers numerous opportunities to develop research for patient benefit. The BACCN is a registered charity and is run voluntary by a national board of senior critical care nurses as per its constitution. 

Benefits for studies being included onto the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) portfolio have access to NHS infrastructure for research, training, and ISRCTN registration.

NHS infrastructure for research: Includes NHS Service Support and Research Management and Governance Support via the Clinical Research Network which provides:

  • Potential access to local dedicated skilled research support staff including research nurses and other allied health professionals, who can help identify eligible patients, arrange consent to participate in the study and monitor patients as they progress through the study
  • Support to ensure that your study can be successfully undertaken in the NHS including pharmacy, imaging and pathology services and the possibility of securing protected time for NHS staff to conduct research
  • Access to experienced Research Management and Governance staff that can advise on governance aspects of undertaking clinical research in the NHS and facilitate the rapid approval of your study through the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS permission (NIHR CSP)    

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The BACCN adheres to the following eligibility criteria for NIHR clinical research network support:

  • Research awards are openly advertised across the United Kingdom
  • Research protocols and applications are submitted for high quality blind peer review by a minimum of two expert nurses with research experience.
  • All research submitted  shows clear benefit to patient care and the NHS
  • All research awards will take into account the priorities, needs and realities of the NHS in making decisions about research that the BACCN fund in term of a research award.


There are set submission deadlines throughout the year which the applicant needs to consider. All submissions will be in line with terms and conditions below.

The submission will include:

  • A covering letter stating how the research will benefit patient care and the NHS
  • A maximum 2 page CV of the chief investigator
  • A research protocol
  • How much money is being applied for and how this is going to be used

These documents need to be e-mailed to for the attention of the national secretary. The national secretary will then anonymise the CV for a blind peer review and forward all documentation to the professional advisors and one other board member as necessary. All communication with the applicant will be via the national secretary.

Dr Tim Collins
EdD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCLT (HE),

BACCN National Board Professional Advisor