Funding opportunities

Systematic Reviews Programme - Complex Reviews Research Support Unit

Closing date: 04 September 2014 Publish date: 06 August 2014

the Systematic Reviews Programme invites Expressions of Interest from suitable research organisations to provide research expertise and support to a number of complex reviews being undertaken each year by other research teams, or less commonly, by the Complex Reviews Research Support Unit.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 4 September 2014.

To find out more, please visit www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/complex-review-support-research-grant


Health Innovation Challenge Fund - Round 10

Closing date: 15 September 2014 Publish date: 15 July 2014

Applications are invited from UK-based investigators from the academic, healthcare and commercial sectors in six theme areas:

• surgical technologies
• innovative diagnostics
• trauma and critical care medicine
• informatics to assist clinical decision making
• repurposing of medicines and medical devices
• biological therapeutics.

Full details and application forms are available from the website

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund is a parallel funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health to stimulate the creation of innovative healthcare products, technologies and interventions and to facilitate their development for the benefit of patients in the NHS and beyond.

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Research for Patient Benefit Programme - invitation for applications

Closing date: 17 September 2014 Publish date: 25 June 2014

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme invites research proposals which are related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff and is concerned with having an impact on the health or well-being of patients and users of the NHS. As a responsive rather than a commissioning programme, RfPB does not seek to name specific topic areas and welcomes applications on a wide range of issues and aims to fund high quality research that will be directed at achieving benefit for users of the NHS in England. The programme supports applications which are regionally derived and applications which have emerged from interaction with patients and the public, which relate to patient and service user experience, and which have been drawn up in association with a relevant group of service users.

Please note, in addition to usual commissioning arrangements, researchers can apply to the Long-term Conditions in Children and Young People Call through this competition.

The closing date for applications is 17 September 2014 at 13:00.

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Health Services and Delivery Programme - Research-led applications invited

Closing date: 25 September 2014 Publish date: 07 May 2014

The NIHR HS&DR Programme is accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream. The deadline for applications is 1pm, 25 September 2014.

For this funding round, we are interested in receiving outline applications to the researcher-led workstream which address knowledge gaps relating to community pharmacies, and opportunities for these to make a contribution to people’s health and wellbeing.

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Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - invitation for applications

Closing date: 07 October 2014 Publish date: 16 June 2014

The EME Programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for the following topics:

  • 14/142 - Mechanisms of action of health interventions 
  • 14/144 - Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults 
  • 14/145 - Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases 
  • 14/146 - Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases 
  • 14/147 - Wound healing

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 7 October 2014.

  • 14/152 - Major trauma

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 8 September 2014.

Register for one of the webinars to learn more about these calls:

  • Major trauma - 10 July 2014, 15:00 - 15:45
  • Mechanisms of action of health interventions - 21 July 2014, 15:00-15:45 
  • Wound healing - 25 July 2014, 10:00-10:45 
  • Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults - 28 July 2014, 15:00-15:45 
  • Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases - 2 September 2014, 15:00-15:45 
  • Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases - 5 September 2014, 10:00-10:45
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Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme - Commissioned call

Closing date: 07 October 2014 Publish date: 04 June 2014

Commissioned call for research proposals:

Researchers are invited to submit applications in the following topic areas:

  • 14/142 - Mechanisms of action of health interventions
  • 14/144 - Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults
  • 14/145 - Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases 
  • 14/146 - Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases 
  • 14/147 - Wound healing

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 7 October 2014.

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Programme Grants for Applied Research - applications invited

Closing date: 07 October 2014 Publish date: 03 June 2014

The NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research programme invites Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. The amount awarded and the length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

Please note, in addition to usual commissioning arrangements, researchers can apply to the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) call through this competition.

The closing date for applications is 7 October 2014 at 13:00.

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Programme Development Grants - Invitation for applications

Closing date: 14 October 2014 Publish date: 10 June 2014

Applications are invited for Programme Development Grant funding. Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Stage 2 Programme Grant application. Individual awards are for a maximum of £100k over a period of six to eighteen months. The amount of funding awarded, however, is determined by the scale and nature of the research activity to be conducted. Successful applicants, on completion of their development work, proceed straight to a Stage 2 Programme Grant application.

Please note, in addition to usual commissioning arrangements, researchers can apply to the Long-term Conditions in Children and Young People Themed Call through this competition.

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2014 at 13:00.

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Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - invitation for applications

Closing date: 30 October 2014 Publish date: 18 June 2014

The EME Programme is accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream. Applicants are invited to apply by 1pm on 30 October 2014.

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Public Health Research Programme - Researcher-led call

Closing date: 11 December 2014 Publish date: 12 August 2014

The PHR Programme is accepting applications to its researcher-led workstream. For this round, the programme is also interested in receiving outline applications in the following areas:

  • Community pharmacy: harnessing the potential, for health and health care
  • Domestic violence and abuse

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 11 December 2014.  

To find out more, please visit www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/phr-researcher-led


Public Health Research Programme - Commissioned call

Closing date: 18 December 2014 Publish date: 12 August 2014

Researchers are invited to submit applications in the following topic areas:

  • 14/180 - Interventions for hand hygiene to reduce incidence of infectious disease in schools
  • 14/181 - Needle and Syringe Programmes (NSPs) 
  • 14/182 - Interventions to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Young People
  • 14/183 - Interventions to reduce substance use by children and young people
  • 14/184 - Social Marketing Interventions to Reduce Unintended Teenage Pregnancy
  • 14/185 - Weight loss services for men

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 18 December 2014.

To find out more, please visit www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/phr-commissioned


Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme - Commissioned calls

Closing date: 18 December 2014 Publish date: 09 July 2014

Proposals are invited on the following commissioning briefs, in the areas of primary research and evidence synthesis: 

  • 14/158 - Tests for identifying the risk of pre-eclampsia
  • 14/159 - 3 month versus 28 day prescriptions
  • 14/162 - A clinical decision aid to inform the management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men in primary care
  • 14/163 - Specialist intensive inpatient rehabilitation for new lower limb amputees 
  • 14/165 - Non- pharmacological interventions for adults with spasticity due to Cerebral Palsy
  • 14/167 - Steroid induction regimen for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • 14/169 - Non-neuroleptic mood stabilising medication for challenging behaviour in adults with intellectual disability
  • 14/170 - Specific versus generic psychological therapy for adolescents with social anxiety disorder
  • 14/171 - Extended rehabilitation for older frail people after acute illness or injury
  • 14/172 - Improving the sexual health of people with severe mental illness
  • 14/173 - Methylphenidate and dexamethasone in cancer-related fatigue
  • 14/176 - Funding for Primary Research in Rehabilitation therapies to improve quality of life (QoL) in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). 

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 16 September 2014. 

  • 14/157 - Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions
  • 14/160 - Treatment of first-time traumatic shoulder dislocation
  • 14/161 - Fibre for uncomplicated symptomatic diverticular disease of the large bowel
  • 14/166 - Prevention of parastomal hernia formation
  • 14/168 - Minimally invasive autopsy for fetuses and children based on a combination of post-mortem MRI and endoscopic autopsy examination 

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 18 December 2014.

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