The RCPCH-NIHR PIER (Paediatric Involvement and Engagement in Research) Prize recognises significant contributions to excellent patient engagement for NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies. Applications for our 2021 round are now closed.


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The Prize 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 2021 (including reasonable expenses) where they will be presented with the Prize by the RCPCH President.

2020 winner

We are delighted to announce that our first ever PIER prize goes to the The Cleft Collective Cohort Studies, including Dr Yvonne Wren, Professor Jonathan Sandy, Ana Hobbs, Anna Martindale, Kenny Ardouin and Kerry Humphries.

Submitting an application

For our 2021 round, applications are now closed. Applicants were 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.


Look out for updates about the prize on this page. For further information please contact research@rcpch.ac.uk.