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20/34 NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme Grant Scheme: 2020 - Commissioning Brief



Deadline for the submission of full applications (stage 2): 1pm on 12 October 2020

The NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme Grant Scheme (formerly the Cochrane Programme Grant scheme) was established to provide high quality evidence synthesis and systematic reviews that will be of direct benefit to users of the NHS and social care services in England. The intention of this round is to broaden the remit to include the Campbell Collaboration to improve the support to social care topics.

Full applications are now invited for a new round of the scheme.

In a change to the previous scheme the Evidence Synthesis Programme Grants scheme will now be an annual call, with projects lasting for eighteen months. For details on the eighteen month model please see section 8 of the supporting documents.

Grants will be for up to £100,000 for an eighteen-month project. Grants will be awarded to support a programme of work that includes both new reviews; updating of existing reviews; a suite of methodologically complex reviews; and reviews that demonstrate meeting a clear NHS and social care need.  Reviews on the integration between the NHS and social care services are highly encouraged. Applications seeking less than the maximum grant value will receive equal consideration

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate an ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues in order to improve efficiency. Applicants must demonstrate how they have prioritised their proposed topics, for example by completing a Priority Setting Partnership with the James Lind Alliance; or other recognised methodology to meet your requirements.

The following notes provide details of the scheme, and you can contact for any questions or clarification you may require.