Neonatology Research Bursaries: supported by Chiesi Limited UK

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Bliss is pleased to announce the availability of educational bursaries to support the dissemination of research into neonatology at the Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS), 2019. These bursaries have been supported by the provision of funding from Chiesi Limited UK to Bliss.

There will be ten educational bursaries of £500 which will be awarded to ten researchers within an NHS role, to support attendance at jENS to present their independent neonatal research. Applicants must have submitted, and have accepted, abstracts for poster and/or oral presentation at jENS 2019.

Please see details below for eligibility criteria, application and review process, and presentation of awards. Chiesi have had involvement in the setting of the criteria for these bursaries, but the processing of all applications (including the advertisement and selection of applicants) will be carried out independently by Bliss.

Closing date will be 31st July 2019. All successful applicants will be notified by 10th August 2019.

One representative from Bliss and one member of the medical team at Chiesi will present the educational bursaries during an award dinner at jENS, on the evening of Wednesday 18 September 2019. Successful applicants will be encouraged to share their research over dinner, and will have the opportunity for discussion with other bursary-winning innovative researchers in the neonatology field.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be a within an NHS role in the UK, working as a clinical researcher or healthcare professional involved in the field of neonatology.
  • Have original research abstracts already accepted for presentation at jENS 2019, either for posters or oral presentation.
  • Applicants must be the presenting author of the research.
  • Bursary applications will be considered where the jENS-accepted abstract focuses on patient‐focused, clinical research and/or translational research related to neonatology.
  • Bursary applications will also be considered if related to an area of high unmet need in neonatology, or enhance clinical care.
  • All applicants must adhere to Bliss’ ethical policy which can be found here.

Non-eligibility criteria

  • Any jENS-accepted research abstract that does not directly involve information or materials from humans and, in the judgment of the Bliss selection committee is not deemed clinical research, will not be considered.
  • Any research not accepted for presentation at jENS 2019.
  • Any researcher conducting research outside of an NHS role.

Bursary application process

  • Applicants are asked to submit their research abstract (as submitted to jENS) to Bliss (, together with the notification of abstract acceptance from jENS, and a brief summary of their research explaining why they consider the research to be eligible for a bursary.
  • All applications will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria after the deadline by an independent Bliss committee, and ranked based on scientific merit.
  • Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail, and their name and Hospital Trust/Research Institute published on the Bliss website.
  • Those unsuccessful will be notified by e-mail.

Bursary recipient responsibilities

The following responsibilities must be assumed and carried out by the bursary recipient:

  • All travel, accommodation and jENS registration should be arranged and paid for by the recipient;
  • The recipients must declare that they have received an educational bursary from Bliss/Chiesi to support the dissemination of their research at jENS 2019, wherever it is appropriate to do so.