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BHIVA Research Awards 2017


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.

Applications for BHIVA Research Awards 2017 are now closed

Funding available for the 2017 award round

In 2017, a minimum £70,981.89 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 BHIVA Research Awards 2017 are part-funded by Gilead.


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 27 June 2017) – please include your contact number on the application form.

The earliest possible start date for projects is 1 December 2017 (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 10 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.

Please indicate clearly in your application for which award you are applying.

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 CSP (overview of CSP)

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

Applications for BHIVA Research Awards 2017 are now closed