Grants and Awards

COVID-19 New Investigator Award

Due to the exceptional circumstances the Intensive Care Society is offering £45,000 in total to applicants with COVID 19 focused research projects. Please note all applications must be focused on COVID 19 treatment and scientific discovery. One of the awards will be specifically for a basic science COVID 19 focused research project.

The New Investigator Award is designed to support new research workers from all critical care professionals both medically and non-medically qualified. The term "new" is left intentionally open to include applicants in training or recently appointed to a substantive post. We define a recent substantive post as within three years of being appointed to a consultant or senior lecturer position.

To apply for this award please fill in the form below, we have also provided some guidance for applications to this award.

For more information contact:

NIA Application form
(Microsoft Word Document)
NIA 2020 instructions
(Adobe PDF File)

Previous awards

Research Prioritisation Exercise 

This is a major new initiative to identify and pump-prime a future large UK multicentre study, with the support and involvement of ICS members, Research Division, SOA delegates and the wider UK critical care community.    

We have received a number of high quality proposals which are now being considered by the Society's Directors and Deputy Directors of research.  The best will be awarded a grant of up to £50K to support piloting and development toward securing a larger external grant.  Shortlisted proposals will receive support and mentoring from ICS Directors and Deputy Directors of Research for presentation and judging at State of the Art 2019.  The winning project will be selected on clarity of purpose, ambition and health impact.

The Research Prioritisation Exercise is part of the Society's renewed mission to help shape the future of UK critical care research.  

State of the Art Research and Clinical Practice Free Paper Abstracts

Each year the ICS offers investigators and clinicians the opportunity to present their work in either a poster or oral format at the State of the Art Meeting.  Successful work in all categories will be published as a JICS abstract (PubMed-listed) and reviewed by the Editorial Board. There is a significant conversion rate to full article publication in JICS.

Postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 - dates to be confirmed

Gold Medal Award

The Intensive Care Society (ICS) wishes to promote and encourage the presentation of the best critical care science in the UK. With this in mind the ICS 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.

Under review due to COVID-19, further updates will be provided in due course.