£80,000 (over 2 years)

Application Deadline: 7th June 2013

The George Davies Charitable Trust have generously provided a second year of funding for the George Davies Award for Visionary Research.  This award aims to bridge the gap between the Surgeon Scientist Award and the President's Early Career Award and  to support bright, creative research talent in individuals committed to innovation and excellence in vascular research.


George Davies has been the most prolific supporter of the Circulation Foundation. He has generously providing research funding for over 10 years, after his mother, who suffered from vascular disease, sadly passed away.

He has funded both the Mary Davies Award, in memory of his mother and the George Davies Award for Visionary Research. Additionally he designed a range of sportswear for per Una, donating 20% of all sales to the circulation Foundation. We are extremely grateful for Mr Davies’ continued support and his generous donations which have enabled us to fund our world class research projects targeted on prevention, treatment and care of sufferers with this disabling , often fatal disease.

It is suitable for individuals who have either completed, or are coming to the end of their higher degree by research (MD/PhD) who wish to pursue an academic career and need research grant support as they return to clinical practice.

We understand that this is a difficult time for many young vascular surgeons due to the heavy clinical workload which conflicts with potential research time, and causes many promising young researchers to abandon their research careers and aspirations.

The George Davies Award for Visionary Research aims to both address the challenge and reverse this trend, and ensure that UK vascular research continues to attract our best young research talent who will go on to establish independent academic careers in vascular surgery and contribute to major future research output at national and international levels.


This award will support highly innovative and diverse research streams such as:

  • Vascular biology and vascular pathophysiology
  • Epidemiology of vascular disease
  • The ‘omics’ of vascular disease (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics)
  • Biostatistics research: developing new methods for designing and analysing clinical studies, including clinical trials
  • Comparative effectiveness research (the comparison of screening, diagnostic, preventive or treatment strategies for vascular disease.

Application Criteria:

The candidate must hold, or be coming to the end of a higher degree (MD/PhD) by research and demonstrate a commitment to active vascular research,  they must also be a member of the Vascular Society.

  • It is essential that the candidate works in a nationally or internationally recognised centre of research excellence. This environment should have/provide:
  • access to the required infrastructure such as biomedical equipment and expertise in biomedical statistics and bioinformatics
  • an established track record of mentoring young vascular researchers and clinician-scientists, including access to external mentorship
  • evidence of established research programmes in vascular surgery that include research support, supervision and collaboration
  • a critical mass of personnel that deliver high quality research outputs supported by major grant funding

The award can be utilised to support research salaries such as a research technician or post-doctoral scientist, statistical or bioinformatic assistance, laboratory equipment, the funding of experimental work or a combination of these.
The award is for 2 years (£40,000 p.a) and will be presented at the annual Vascular Society AGM in November.

Application timeline:

  • Deadline for applications – 5pm, Friday 7th June 2013
  • Successful applicants invited for interview – Monday 12th August
  • Interviews – 12th September
  • Award Presentation – 28th November at the Vascular Society AGM, Manchester

George Davies Visionary Award Application Form

George Davies Visionary Award Terms & Conditions