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Research for Social Care - Research specification for Dementia Call

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Summary

  • Research for Social Care (RfSC) is running a call for research to address important social care questions relating to dementia.
  • This additional RfSC call is an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care and NIHRs ongoing interest in strengthening dementia research in less well-supported areas. Better understanding the needs of underserved populations, and understanding social care needs, and what good looks like in relation to ‘critical points’ including diagnosis, hospitalisation, residential care and end of life care.
  • The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within RfSC’s remit and that relating to dementia.
  • This call is open to researchers at all career stages and standard RfSC eligibility rules and criteria will apply. In particular we are looking for researchers from a wide selection of backgrounds, and early career researchers are especially welcomed.
  • The call is for proposals up to £350,000 for a period of up to 36 months with projects needing to commence between 1 September 2022 and 1 March 2023.
  • Applications are expected to have strong involvement and collaboration with organisations that are responsible for delivering social care and related social care services, for example, local authorities and third sector, where appropriate.

Background

Dementia is a growing challenge that has become one of the most important social care issues facing the world. In the UK it is estimated that dementia affects about 850,000 people. Commitments under the Government’s Challenge on Dementia and the G8 Dementia Summit have highlighted the need to boost dementia research, led by the research community. Since the dementia themed call in 2011, the NIHR has funded an extensive portfolio of dementia research and the Clinical Research Network has supported the delivery of a large number of dementia projects.  

Specific requirements for this call

Research for Social Care (RfSC) is running an additional call to invite proposals from eligible research teams to improve the evidence base on social care and dementia.

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

Research proposals must also be within the remit of RfSC.

Specific areas of interest for research

Research could involve any aspect of social care services relating to dementia. Applications which involve investigators spanning a range of specialties are encouraged and partnership with national charities welcomed.

This additional RfSC call is an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care's ongoing interest in strengthening dementia research in less well supported areas. This includes:

  • Research meeting the needs of underserved populations.
  • Social care needs, and what good looks like in relation to ‘crisis points’ including diagnosis, hospitalisation, residential care, end of life care.

It is important that dementia as an area of research continues to grow in terms of capacity, and ability to deliver evidence to inform policy, services, and practitioners. We therefore also welcome proposals which build on knowledge from the NIHR dementia themed call and aligned initiatives.

Funding

The call is for applications up to £350,000. Detailed information on eligible costs can be found in the RfSC Finance guidance.

How to apply

  • Research proposals must be within the remit of RfSC.
  • The call is open to researchers at all career stages and standard RfSC eligibility rules will apply as detailed in the applicant guidance. Early career researchers (ECRs) are encouraged to apply as lead applicants but it is not considered an eligibility requirement.

Submission

Applicants must submit an online application via the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) Research Management System (RMS).

Word version of the online form will be made available at call launch and can be used to assist research teams developing an application. Please note the Word form cannot be submitted as an application. Only applications submitted online via the CCF RMS will be accepted, however information can be copied from the Word template into the online application form.

Evaluation process

RfSC has a two-stage commissioning process. Please see the RfSC call specification for further details. In addition to the specification, the criteria used by the assessing committee will reflect standard RfSC criteria as detailed in the specification.

Timeline

Step Date
Call launch 21 July 2021
Stage 1 Call close  19 October 2021
Stage 1 committee meeting December 2021
Stage 2 launch 25 Jan 2022
Stage 2 close 8 Mar 2022 
Stage 2 committee meeting May 2022
Funding outcomes July 2022
Project start window 1 Sept 2022 -1 Mar 2023

Contact information

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the local RDS for the initial assessment and advice. For general and scientific queries relating to the call, including queries relating to the administrative process of applying, please contact the RfSC programme team