Grants and Awards

We're proud to be able to award a number of grants to support research in intensive care. With four award categories available in 2023 there's plenty of opportunity to apply for one of our pump-priming grants.

The Intensive Care Society New Investigator Awards 2023

We’re pleased to announce that the ICS New Investigator Award (NIA) will return in 2023.

This award aims to encourage new research workers from medically qualified and non-medically qualified professional backgrounds.

How to Apply

Full details of this award and the application process will be released in 2023.

The Intensive Care Society & NIHR Clinical Research Awards

The Society, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), is pleased to be running the ICS and NIHR Clinical Research Awards 2023.

These awards are designed to recognise and celebrate those making outstanding contributions to clinical research, particularly in relation to NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) portfolio research studies from all professions in adult intensive care.

We are keen to hear from applicants who have championed and proactively supported clinical research.

About this award
  • We are offering two awards of £2,000 to recognise contribution, engagement and leadership in academic research from staff within UK intensive care
  • Applications open on 27 March 2023 and close on 5 May 2023
  • The winners of this award will be announced at the 2023 State of the Art Congress in Birmingham.
  • Applications are encouraged from staff from all professions working in adult critical care who do not hold a substantive academic appointment
  • Applicants must outline their contribution, engagement, or leadership ofNIHRCRN portfolio studies with particular focus in the following areas:
    • how you demonstrate clinical leadership or engagement to enable your organisation to increase its participation in NIHR CRN portfolio studies
    • how you engaged with patients and relatives to inform them of new opportunities to participate in NIHR CRN clinical research
    • your contribution to the successful delivery of NIHR CRN portfolio studies.
How do I apply?

To apply please complete and return the application form to [email protected] by 5pm, Friday 5 May 2023.


State of the Art Congress: Abstracts and ePosters

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

How to Apply


National Clinical Impact Award (formerly ACCEA)

Recently there have been changes to the National Clinical Impact Awards (NCIA) scheme which have affected all supporting bodies, like the Society. Supporting bodies are no longer permitted to provide written citations in support of applications from our membership or community.  

The Society is acutely aware that our role in past NCIA rounds was viewed by members as extremely useful and as such as we are keen to provide some level of support. Whilst official scoring and peer reviewing of applications is no longer allowed, the Society is permitted to review applications against a checklist which the Advisory Committee on Clinical Impact Awards (ACCIA) has provided.  

Guidance for applicants  

For those considering an application to this year’s NCIA we recommend you read through the guidance for applicants and also consider the BMA’s guidance on the financial implications of an award. 

Important dates 

The awards are open from 3 March 2023 to 28 April 2023.  

For colleagues who would like to have their application reviewed against the ACCIA's checklist, please email John Jones by Monday 27 March.