Professor John Macleod awarded NIHR Senior Investigator status
3 March 2021
Professor John Macleod, Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West and joint Head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol, is one of 31 academics in the UK to be awarded Senior Investigator status by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in 2021.
NIHR Senior Investigators are among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research within the NIHR research community.
Following open competition, 31 researchers have been newly appointed as NIHR Senior Investigators this year, in the 14th annual round of appointments. They are joined by 15 current or previous holders of the award who have been reappointed as Senior Investigators for a second term, bringing the total number of appointments for 2021 to 46.
NIHR Senior Investigators are critical to augmenting the ongoing success of NIHR, and developing the health research capability fit for the challenges we must meet.
Collectively, Senior Investigators constitute the NIHR College of Senior Investigators, and are members of the NIHR Academy.
“It’s great to receive this recognition from the NIHR. It mainly reflects how lucky I’ve been to have the opportunity to work with fantastic and talented people, like my amazing colleagues at the Centre for Academic Primary Care and ARC West. I am looking forward to keeping on doing this, supporting the NIHR Academy and trying to make a difference together.”
An independent expert committee chaired by Professor Marion Walker advised on the 2021 appointments.
NIHR Senior Investigator status is awarded according to:
criteria of contribution to NIHR
quality and volume of internationally excellent research
its relevance to patients and the public
impact on improvements in healthcare and public health
engagement of patients and the public
engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.
Emeritus Senior Investigator status has also been newly awarded to 21 researchers, giving a total of 188 Emeritus Senior Investigators.
The 15th annual round of the NIHR Senior Investigators Competition will be announced in summer 2021. Leading researchers funded by the NIHR (and who are employed by an NHS trust, university or charity based in England) are encouraged to apply. Further details about the competition will be made available on the NIHR website.