Project call 2020

The BNTRC is delighted to announce its 2020 project call. This year we will be selecting two further projects to add to our portfolio of collaborative studies. For this call, we will be accepting proposals for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to work up for competitive funding. All trainees / junior staff are welcome to submit proposals. If chosen, we will provide a trainee mentor from the BNTRC committee with experience in clinical trials and, if necessary, a consultant mentor from the SBNS Academic Committee to support your application to funding, design, and delivery.

Projects can be submitted using our submission form, which should be kept to 2 A4 pages at a maximum. Completed submissions should be sent to The deadline for submission of projects is Midnight Saturday 31st October 2020. The BNTRC will then shortlist projects and announce these results in early November.

Those with shortlisted projects will be invited to present their project proposal at the BNTRC online RCT workshop at the end of November. Each team will be expected to present a 10-minute presentation for an RCT based on a clear research question and criteria similar to funding applications. A panel from the SBNS Academic Committee and NIHR clinical trials units will judge and score the proposals. The audience attending the workshop will also be able to vote, with scores incorporated into the final ranking.

As part of our project call and to increase awareness of neurosurgical RCTs, a webinar about UK trainee led neurosurgical studies will take place mid to late October via Zoom. Please watch this space for more information!

Advancing Research through Collaboration

The British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative (BNTRC) is a research network open to all neurosurgical trainees/junior staff in the UK and Ireland. Our aim is to undertake high-quality multi-centre research studies. We are an initiative of the British Neurosurgical Trainee Association (BNTA) and are pleased to have the support of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS)

Current projects



Understanding Cauda Equina Syndrome

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UK Cranial Reconstruction Registry

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UK Chiari 1 Study



Incidental meningioma study

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