Applied Statisticians as Principal Investigators

Category: Career development for applied statisticians, Other

Location: University of Bristol, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Clifton Bristol BS8 1JA | Date: 9 March 2018

Facilitated by the Career Development Section of the NIHR Statistics Group:

Applied Statisticians as Principal Investigators

Friday 9th March 2018 11am-4.30pm

University of Bristol (Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA) 

Free to attend, with lunch included

This event is a workshop aimed at applied statisticians who are interested in becoming principal investigators on grants.  There will be sessions on funding opportunities available, personal experience of securing funding as an applied statistician, demonstrating patient benefit in methodological research and improving practical skills (such as writing an excellent plain English abstract, writing a public involvement section).


Session 1              Chaired by Janet Peacock, King’s College London

10.50am              Welcome and introduction to the NIHR Statistics Group

Professor Janet Peacock, Co-Lead of the NIHR Statistics Group

11.00am              Personal experience of successfully securing methodology funding as a PI

Professor Richard Emsley, King’s College London

11.30am              Ten years on: Adapting and evolving to new challenges in developing tomorrow’s health research leaders

Dr Peter Thompson, NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre, Leeds

12pm                    MRC-NIHR Methodology Research Programme – panel member perspectives

Professor Tim Peters, University of Bristol

Lunch 12.30-1.30pm

Session 2          Chaired by Gordon Prescott, University of Aberdeen

1.30pm              Interactive session: Writing an excellent plain English abstract

Zoe Trinder-Widdess, NIHR CLAHRC West

2.30pm              Public involvement in methodological research

Laura Flight, University of Sheffield

Tea 3.00-3.15pm

Session 3          Chaired by Sam Leary, University of Bristol

3.15pm              Interactive session: Writing an excellent patient and public involvement section

Roy Powell, RDS South West, Exeter Office

4.00pm              Being a PI on a clinical trial and grants for methods research – personal perspectives and experiences

Professor Steven Julious, University of Sheffield

4.30pm              Close

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