NIHR Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme

The Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme aims to develop junior doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to become the PIs of the future and provides formal recognition of a trainee's engagement in NIHR Portfolio research studies through the conferment of Associate PI status endorsed by the NIHR and the following medical Royal Colleges:

  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Radiologists
  • Royal College of Surgeons (England)

Following a successful year-long pilot in Surgery and endorsement from the above colleges, the scheme is now also open to studies led, or co-supported by Cancer, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Trauma and Emergency Care. The ambition is to obtain endorsement from all the Medical Royal Colleges and implement this scheme across all specialty areas.

In autumn 2020 the scheme was opened up to the NIHR Urgent Public Health COVID-19 studies, starting with the RECOVERY trial.

To find out more about Associate Principal Investigator opportunities for RECOVERY, watch this webinar hosted by the Royal College of Physicians with NIHR.

A list of studies registered to the scheme

Further information and FAQs available here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/associate-principal-investigator-pi-scheme/25040