Research for Patient Benefit

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RfPB is a national, response-mode programme inspired by patients and practice to generate high quality research for the benefit of users of the NHS in England. Its main purpose is to realise, through evidence, the huge potential for improving, expanding and strengthening the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS.

RfPB is co-ordinated at a national level and, in January 2010, Professor David Armstrong succeeded Professor Celia Davies as Programme Director.

Around 600 applied research projects in health services and social care have been derived through our Regional Advisory Committees and a review of the first three funding competitions - Prioritising Patients - was published in 2008.

To apply to the programme or to manage your existing award please follow the link on the right to the Research Management System.


RfPB holds three competitions per year.

Key dates for applicants are given on our Calls and Competitions page including the programme's participation in NIHR themed research calls. RfPB applications for the call for clinical and applied health research into mesothelioma can be made through Competition 26.

Competition 26 contains two new important guidance updates. Within the competition 26 Guidance for Applicants document please refer to appendix 4 for new guidance on funding limits and appendix 5 for new guidance on funding information resources.

For the latest call and competition dates from across the NIHR visit the funding opportunities page.

Join your Regional Advisory Committee

We are seeking to appoint new members to serve on RfPB Regional Advisory Committees. For further information about the vacancies available and how to apply, please click on the link below: 

Apply to become a committee member now >>