The Health Services and Delivery Research Programme is funded by the NIHR with specific contributions from the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) in Scotland, Health and Care Research Wales and the HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.
We support many types of research, including primary research and evidence synthesis.
We are particularly keen to support ambitious evaluative research to improve health and social care services. Our research serves a variety of key stakeholders including: NHS managers, Clinical Research Networks (CRNs), clinicians, professionals and researchers, service users and carers, and the public.
All of our funded projects are eligible for publication in the NIHR Journals Library. This open access resource is freely available online, and provides a full and permanent record of NIHR-funded research.
The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme funds research to produce evidence to impact on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services. This includes evaluations of how the NHS and social care might improve delivery of services.
The audience for this research is the public, service users, clinicians, professionals and managers. The programme has two workstreams: researcher-led and commissioned.
The HS&DR Programme aims to support a range of types of research including evidence synthesis and primary research. This includes large scale studies of national importance. This means primary research projects which:
The HS&DR Programme will support:
The HS&DR Programme will not support:
PIn this section you can read more on the people involved in the assessment of applications for the Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, read the minutes of previous funding decisions and find out more about becoming a reviewer or a Committee member.
A large number of people are involved in assessing the research proposals received by the HS&DR Programme to ensure that the projects are assessed in a clear and fair way, embracing the latest expertise, knowledge and opinion.
Members of NIHR Committees are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with NIHR business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within NIHR. All members are asked to complete the Register of Interest form (annually), which is intended to capture long term predictable interests that could be perceived to lead to conflicts of interest. These and other interests are judged on a case by case basis at individual meetings.
HS&DR Funding Committee
The HS&DR Funding Committee assesses stage 2 proposals received through the commissioned and researcher-led workstreams, primarily for scientific quality and value for money. The committee is composed of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to health and social care delivery research, and public contributors. View list of members.
HS&DR Prioritisation Committee (Commissioned)
The HS&DR Prioritisation Committee (commissioned) assesses stage 1 proposals received through the commissioned workstream, primarily for importance to the NHS and social care. The committee also considers the need for research across a range of key topics, and helps to refine and develop commissioning briefs to be advertised to the researcher community. The committee is composed of senior health and social care managers and clinicians, academic experts and public contributors. View list of members.
HS&DR Prioritisation Committee (Researcher-led)
The HS&DR Prioritisation Committee (Researcher-led) assesses stage 1 proposals received through the researcher-led workstream, primarily for importance to health and social care services. The committee is composed of senior health and social care managers and clinicians, academic experts and public contributors. View list of members.
Our community of reviewers play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the HS&DR Programme projects and outputs. They are sought from a variety of fields, including from those who work in and use health and social care services.
To demonstrate our gratitude to our reviewers and acknowledge the important work they do for the programme the names of past year’s reviewers are listed on our website. View list of HS&DR reviewers.
We offer a wide variety of assistance during all stages of the research process. If in doubt, please get in touch.
For help with applying for HS&DR funding:
Tel: 023 8059 4304
The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.
The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is accepting stage 2 evidence synthesis applications to their researcher-led workstream.
The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications for this Themed Call.
The HS&DR Programme is accepting stage 1 applications for this funding opportunity.
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Guidance for applications to the HS&DR programme's standard researcher-led round.
HS&DR Researcher Led Prioritisation Committee Meeting Public Minutes December 2019
Specification document to support applicationsto the HS&DR rProgramme's researcher-led workstream.
HS&DR Commissioned Prioritisation Committee Meeting Public Minutes November 2019