Funding longer term recovery and learning research

NIHR call complements ongoing urgent public health research into COVID-19

We are inviting applications to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase.

This UK-wide call is an important part of our response to provide high-quality and timely evidence to inform policy and to support system recovery and learning. Research should focus specifically on health outcomes, public health, social care and health service delivery and to mitigate the impact of subsequent phases and aftermath. All projects funded through this call will be listed on the NIHR Funding and Awards website once contracting has been completed.

The new funding call sits alongside the NIHR/UKRI ‘rolling call’ for urgent research into COVID-19 until 30 June 2020 when the rolling call closes. Researchers who have previously submitted through the portal for urgent public health research and whose research does not meet the 12 month urgency criteria may wish to submit under the new call, where funding outcomes are typically expected within 24 months.

Under NIHR’s recently launched restart framework, urgent public health research continues to be our number one priority. The longer-term COVID-19 research that arises from this call will not take priority over non-COVID-19 research in terms of access to Clinical Research Network support.

Information about applying

We welcome applications which involve investigators spanning a range of specialties and scientific disciplines that are in the remit of one or more of the participating research programmes.

Applications should be co-produced with service commissioners, providers and service users wherever appropriate to better ensure findings are of immediate utility in policy and practice. Applicants may wish to consult the NIHR INVOLVE guidance on co-producing research.

Applicants are encouraged to study populations with a high disease burden and which have been historically under-served by NIHR research activity. Special consideration should be given to inclusion of ethnic and socio-economic groups that appear to be at higher risk of COVID-19.

Deadline for Proposals

NIHR Research Programmes:

There are two deadlines for applications;

  • First closing date: Tuesday 23 June 2020 by 1pm
  • Second closing date: Tuesday 14 July 2020 by 1pm

Projects are expected to start within four weeks of award notification.

NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)

Find out more about information regarding deadlines and the application process. 

NIHR Fellowships Programme

Find out more about deadlines and the application process. Note the NIHR Fellowships Programme is currently open for applications with a further call in the autumn. Research Professorships will open in autumn.