Research for Patient Benefit

RfPB competition 29 will open for applications on 09 December 2015.  This competition will operate a two stage application process with a shortened application form for Stage 1 and the deadline for submission is 23 March 2016.  For further details on the changes to RfPB and this competition please see the Renewed RfPB Programme document.

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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 Panels and a review of the first three funding competitions - Prioritising Patients - was published in 2008.

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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 research into the prevention and treatment of obesity can be made through Competition 29.

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