BIR Siemens Research Award

Siemens Healthineers 2

The BIR/Siemens research bursary is awarded in memory of Sir James Mackenzie Davidson, a pioneer in British radiology. 

This  pump priming award has been set up to provide initial financial support to enable researchers to develop proposals with the aim of attracting further funding from external sources. The research must be in the fields of radiology, radiotherapy, oncology, radiography or medical physics.

Announcing the winner of the 2017 award

Peter Harrison And Susan Shelmerdine

This has been awarded to Dr Susan Shelmerdine and team to provide funding for a feasibility study testing the technique and practicality of post-mortem unltrasound guided core biopsies in the setting of perinatal death investigation.

Dr Shelmerdine was presented with her award at the UKRCO conference on 13 June 2017. She is pictured here with Peter Harrison, MD of Siemens Healthineers.

Dr Shelmerdine said: “The BIR/Siemens research award gave me the initial funding to get my project off the ground and was pivotal to being awarded two larger grants and a Fellowship to fund the project for several years.



General Criteria:

  • To provide pump-priming an award of £1000 is available
  • Applicants must submit a brief outline of the intended research project with their application
  • Applicants must be BIR members
  • Applications and outlines will be judged by the Awards and Prizes Committee
  • The award will usually be presented at UKRCO but can also be given at any other suitable scientific meeting.


Applications for the 2018 award close on 31 December 2017.

Application Form and Guidelines

 Previous Winners

2016      Dr Luke Dixon & Co

2015       Dr Karen Eley


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