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Primary Care Interventions - Call for research proposals

The NIHR issued a call for research to evaluate health care interventions or services delivered in primary care settings in February 2013.

This call is a key component of the NIHR response to recognition of the need for further research based evidence related to the provision of primary care services in the NHS:

  • through supporting capacity building across a wide range of primary care disciplines
  • increasing the volume of high-quality research on the effectiveness, delivery and organisation of primary care interventions and services. 

The following NIHR managed research programmes are participating:

·     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)

Public Health Research (PHR)

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Fellowships Programme (Round 7 will open in October 2013)

Specification Document

Information on the parameters for applying for funding from each of the NIHR participating programmes is provided in the specification document. Please note that applications must be made through the participating NIHR research programme listed above.

The call closed on 22 May 2013, with the exception of the Research for Patient Benefit Programme, which closes in September 2013, and the Fellowship Programme, which opens in October 2013.

 Primary Care Interventions specification document 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
These FAQs should be read in conjunction with the programme specific FAQs which will be available on participating programme websites.

  Primary Care Interventions Call FAQs_Apr.2013

Referees play a vital role in maintaining and improving the quality of the NIHR research programmes by supporting NIHR Boards, Committees and Panels in making funding recommendations. NIHR programmes invite at least four Expert Referees and a Service User to comment on each proposal.

Expert Referees

 Primary Care Interventions call - New Reviewer form

 Information for applicants to join the External Reviewer Pool - Role of the reviewer

Public and patient involvement in reviewing proposals
Research programmes need people experience or an understanding of primary health care to review the research proposals so that we can get a ‘first-hand experience’ on the research applications.

Lay reviewers

Primary Care Interventions Research Workshop
A workshop was held ahead of the Primary Care Interventions Research Call, on 12 February 2013, to provide information and support to researchers in submitting an application. Videos and presentations from the workshop are available to view.

Primary Care Interventions Research Workshop