The RCPCH-NIHR PIER (Paediatric Involvement and Engagement in Research) Award recognises significant contributions to excellent patient engagement for NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies. Our 2022 round is now open until 30 November 2021.


The award is designed to recognise the multidisciplinary research teams who make outstanding contributions to involving paediatric patients and families in the development and delivery of research.

It is open to research active paediatricians and paediatric focused research teams of up to four people. The individual or team should highlight their contribution to excellent paediatric patient/family engagement in the design and delivery of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies.

The winner(s) will receive a trophy and free day attendance to RCPCH Conference and Exhibition (including reasonable expenses) where they will be presented with the award by the RCPCH President.

2021 winner

We are delighted to announce that the 2021 PIER award goes to the PERFORM project, team members including Dr Emma Lim, Professor Marieke Emonts, Dr Jo Ball, Dr Jethro Herberg and Young Person's Advisory Group North East (YPAG-ne).

Previous winners

2020 - The Cleft Collective Cohort Studies, including Dr Yvonne Wren, Professor Jonathan Sandy, Ana Hobbs, Anna Martindale, Kenny Ardouin and Kerry Humphries.

Submitting an application

Applicants will be asked to complete an application form to outline their contribution to NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies with particular weight being attached to:

  • how patients and families have been engaged and informed of new opportunities to participate in clinical research
  • co-production in the development and delivery of studies
  • innovative methods of study delivery.

They also needed to set out what activities they plan to carry out in the future to improve research delivery.


For our 2022 round, applications open on 1 September and close at midnight, 30 November 2021. Look out for updates about the award on this page. For further information please contact research@rcpch.ac.uk.