26 March 2019

Professor Alastair Hay, primary care research theme lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions, is one of 46 academics in the UK to be awarded Senior Investigator status by the NIHR in 2019.

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.

They are appointed through annual competitions informed by the advice of an international panel of experts. The Senior Investigator Directory, updated in April each year, provides details of these individuals.

Senior Investigators are each awarded a discretionary fund of £15k per year. In addition, NHS institutions with whom Senior Investigators are associated and which are eligible for Research Capability Funding (RCF), attract an additional element of RCF for each of their Senior Investigators.

Professor Hay said: “I am humbled and delighted to receive this prestigious NIHR award, which I believe recognises the excellent research conducted by members of the Centre for Academic Primary Care infection team past and present. I am looking forward to making further contributions to, and supporting, the NIHR academy.”

What do NIHR Senior Investigators do?

  • Provide research leadership to the NIHR research community, promoting clinical and applied research in health and social care
  • Help with planning and speaking at events
  • Host visiting fellows and mentor Trainees
  • Constitute a network of experts, able to provide advice to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

Further information

For more information about the award and a full list of this year’s NIHR Senior Investigators, visit the NIHR website.