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School professor made NIHR senior investigator

Professor Martin Knapp, director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit| (PSSRU) at LSE, was recently awarded one of the first 100 Senior Investigator Awards from the National Institute for Health Research| (NIHR).

The Award is given to support and incentivise individuals who are making an outstanding contribution to research essential for decision-making in health and social care.

Professor Knapp, alongside other recipients, was selected through open competition by an international panel of judges, based on the quality and volume of internationally-excellent research; the relevance of the research portfolio to the health of patients and the public; the impact of the research on improvements in healthcare and public health; and the impact of the leadership of the individual on patient and public research.

He said: 'I am delighted to get this award for achievements in the health policy and social care areas. There are only 100 Senior Investigator Awards across the whole country, and very few were awarded to non-clinical researchers. I guess my award is in recognition of research leadership, and for contributions to policy. I intend to use the funding to allow me to pursue some of my own research - this always gets squeezed out by the responsibilities of running two busy and successful research centres, and as a researcher I haven't had a sabbatical in 33 years!'

Senior Investigators will be members of the NIHR College and will receive an award of £15,000 a year as a personal discretionary fund.

15 April 2008