Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher
Closing date each year: 31st January
Professor Yvonne Carter CBE was an outstanding and inspirational leader who had a remarkable impact on academic general practice. To commemorate her contribution to primary care research the Royal College of General Practitioners, through its Scientific Foundation Board, and the Society for Academic Primary Care have jointly instituted the Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher. The award of £1000 is made annually.
Purpose of the award
The award recognises the contributions of early career researchers in advancing the discipline of academic primary care through research. The award is intended to enable the successful candidate to meet and collaborate with researchers in other countries. While presentation at an international research meeting may be part of that, there must be evidence of plans for additional collaborative activity. The award is not intended purely as a travel grant for conference attendance without presenting, nor can it be used to fund a research project.
We accept one application per department/centre/group. Please liaise with your Head of Department about your application before submitting it.
Please apply by submitting the following information by email only to SFB@rcgp.org.uk
- Your CV
- A letter outlining your current research, including how your work to date demonstrates your contribution to advancing the discipline of academic primary care (whether education or research) through the research process. Your application should include an imaginative proposal for the use of the award funds (including anticipated benefits and outputs). This should include a statement from the overseas host if applicable. Please see purpose of the award above.
- A letter of support from your Head of Department outlining your contribution to the discipline of academic primary care, including confirmation that your academic post would continue for the duration of the 12 months award.
Applications will be judged by a panel consisting of primary care academics from the RCGP and SAPC. The awards will be restricted to applicants whose background the Award Panel considers to be genuinely grounded in primary care. The panel will assess applications for evidence of the candidate’s current and potential contributions to advancing primary care through research, including: personal research leadership, wider promotion of academic primary care, publications, other markers of distinction, as well as the clarity of the proposal for use of the award funds. Particular emphasis will be given to research which demonstrates an understanding of, and contribution to, the primary care vision.
The decision of the Panel is final and not open to appeal. The successful candidate will be required to submit a report detailing how they used the award and the outcomes from it and support PR activity relating to the award.
The award is open to early career researchers in primary care.
Applicants should have no more than 5 years academic experience, excluding any career breaks, either in General Practice/Primary Care (GP/PC) post PhD or no more than 5 years, excluding any career breaks, since starting a substantive contract in a dept of GP/PC (ie holding a post as a research fellow, lecturer, teacher, 0.4 or more WTE).
They should hold a formal or honorary appointment with a primary care department, centre or group in a UK/Ireland University, have published original research in peer-reviewed journals – at least one as a lead author – and be actively engaged in high quality research which is genuinely grounded in primary care.