Grants and awards



New Investigator Award.
This award is aimed primarily at encouraging new research workers. The awards are intended to be pump-priming grants that will lead to further and more substantial support from other grant giving bodies. The grants are open to members and non-members of the ICS.

Gold Medal Award.
The Intensive Care Foundation wishes to promote and encourage the presentation of the best critical care science in the UK. With this in mind the ICF Research Gold Medal is awarded annually to a young investigator who has shown excellence in science relevant to the intensive care practice. The award process allows a number of finalists to achieve recognition through formal presentation at the ICS State of the Art meeting in front of their peers. The award is open to members and non-members.

State of the Art Research and Clinical Practice Free Paper Abstracts.
Each year the ICS offers young investigators the opportunity to present their work in either a poster or oral format at the State of the Art Meeting.

Undergraduate Medical Student Essay Prize.
The Intensive Care Foundation would like to invite UK undergraduate medical school students interested in critical care to participate in the Undergraduate Medical Student Essay Prize. A prize of £200 will be awarded to the successful candidate for submitting the best essay on a topic relevant to critical care. The applicant does not have to be a medical school student at the time of submission but needs to have been a medical student in a UK Medical School whilst the project was undertaken. The winning essay will be considered for publication in the Journal of Intensive Care Society so the student should take care to avoid copyright infringement in any figures used.

Nurse and AHP Foundation Fellowship.
This award aims to promote intensive care research in nursing and the allied health professions.  The award of up to £3000 may be put towards costs associated with post-graduate study such as a course in research methods, research modules or to support the completion of a masters or doctoral research project relevant to intensive care. The Foundation will also consider supporting attendance at meetings to present a research project and supporting activities which promote multidisciplinary engagement in intensive care research.

The Travel Fellowship Award. 
This award supports ICU-related projects within the UK and overseas that broaden medical education, help attain new clinical skills and research techniques whilst allowing comparison of different health care systems.  This award is closed for 2018.


ICF Research Priority Award. 
This is awarded following a James Lind Alliance intensive care research prioritisation exercise.  The Intensive Care Foundation is keen to support the development of study ideas which aim to address the priorities identified by our community.
Building on the success of previous ICF funded clinical trials, we periodically award a  grant for ideas for a research study which addresses one of the twelve JLA priorities.  Keep an eye on our website for the next round.

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