Funding opportunities for industry

Industry may apply for funding either as a lead organisation or as co-applicants  with NHS or academic partners.

 

What types of research does the NIHR fund?

The NIHR programmes of research span the research innovation pathway, from innovation and product development, to evaluative research including large-scale, pragmatic clinical trials.

NIHR funded studies undergo high quality peer review as part of an iterative process, helping to ensure an appropriate study design and methodology. This has led to the NIHR becoming internationally recognised for the quality of its research.

The table below outlines the research areas and types of evidence supported by NIHR programmes. Further information on each programme can be found beneath the table. 

 

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Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
Invention for Innovation (i4i)
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
Programme Development Grants (PDG)
Public Health Research (PHR)
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

 

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)

Eligibility:

  • Life sciences companies may apply as a lead applicant or co-applicant. Industry collaboration with applicants is also encouraged.
  • Lead applicants must be based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
  • Project teams must include significant contributions from at least two of the following partners: industry, academia or NHS.

Funding available: No limit*

Contact: eme@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme funds studies that test the clinical efficacy of novel or repurposed interventions, where proof of concept in humans has already been achieved. It also supports the testing of mechanistic hypotheses, embedded within EME studies or other NIHR-funded projects.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)

Eligibility:  

  • Life sciences companies may apply as a lead applicant or co-applicant. Industry collaboration with applicants is also encouraged.
  • Researchers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible to apply for funding from either the Commissioned or Researcher-Led workstreams.
  • Researchers in Scotland may apply to the researcher-led workstream.

Funding available: No limit*

Contact: hsdr@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme funds research to produce evidence on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services. This includes evaluations of how the NHS might improve delivery of services.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

Eligibility:

  • Life sciences companies may apply as a lead applicant or co-applicant. Industry collaboration with applicants is also encouraged.
  • Lead applicants must be based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
  • Further eligibility criteria around location may be included in certain funding briefs.

Funding available: No limit*

Contacts:
HTA funding opportunities - hsdr@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard NHS intervention to see which works best. The term ‘health technology’ can cover any intervention used in the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of disease.

For information on current funding calls and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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Invention for Innovation (i4i)

Eligibility:   

  • Life sciences companies may apply to the i4i Product Development Award as a lead applicant or co-applicant.
  • Life sciences companies may be lead applicants or co-applicants to the i4i Challenge Award but at least one co-applicant must be an NHS organisation or NHS service provider.
  • Lead applicants must be based in England.
  • Project teams must include significant contributions from at least two of the following partners: industry, academia or NHS.

Funding available: No limit*. SMEs can receive 100% contribution to their costs. Large companies can be involved as co-applicants but are unlikely to receive i4i funds.

Contact: i4i@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme is a translational funding scheme that supports the development of innovative medical technologies from demonstrated proof-of-principle to clinical evaluation. It aims to de-risk early stage projects that have a strong potential for commercialisation and acceptance for use in the NHS, and to make them attractive to follow-on funders and investors.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

Eligibility:

  • Awards are made to an NHS organisation. Life sciences companies can apply with NHS and academic partners.

Funding available: No limit*. Level of funding depends on nature of proposed work.

Contact: programme.grants@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme funds multidisciplinary programmes of work, which typically consist of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme. These awards support work that will deliver findings with practical application, typically through improved healthcare or better healthcare delivery, within three to five years of a programme’s end.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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Programme Development Grants (PDG)

Eligibility:

  • Awards are made to an NHS organisation. Life sciences companies can apply with NHS and academic partners.

Funding available: up to £100k

Contact: programme.grants@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme is a complementary scheme to the PGfAR programme. It funds a limited amount for preparatory work necessary to strengthen aspects of an application to the PGfAR programme.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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Public Health Research (PHR)

Eligibility:   

  • Life sciences companies may apply as a lead applicant or co-applicant. Industry collaboration with applicants is also encouraged.
  • Lead applicants must be based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

Funding available: No limit*

Contact: phr@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme funds research on the benefit, cost and wider impact of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Eligibility:

  • Awards are made to an NHS organisation. Life sciences companies can apply with NHS and academic partners.

Funding available: Up to £350k. Level of funding depends on nature of proposed work.

Contact: rfpb@nihr.ac.uk

Description: This programme funds regionally derived applied research in health services and social care. The programme’s strong regional element is unique within the NIHR’s research programmes. The programme supports research that is concerned with having an impact on the health or well-being of patients and users of the NHS.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Funding section.

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* Applicants must fully justify all costs. 

 

Support for applicants:

The NIHR Research Design Service can help companies find the most appropriate funding opportunities. There are regional centres across England which provide free and confidential design and methodological support for you when you are developing research funding applications.

There is also information about support available in the Funding section of this website.