This site is optimised for modern browsers. For the best experience, please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.


We welcome your feedback, which will help improve this site.

Feedback form

Themed Calls

NIHR themed calls are funding opportunities focusing on a particular research area, in which all NIHR programmes participate.

Themed calls are annual calls prioritised by the Chief Medical Officer, and advertised across all of the NIHR programmes, and the Academy.

The current open themed call is: Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care

This call seeks applications for research into the prevention, management and treatment of accidents and injuries and other conditions needing urgent and emergency care.

For more information please see the specification document and list of participating programmes with call dates.

Current open calls


You can register to take part in a live webinar on Friday 20 March 2020, 10:00 – 11:00, which will provide you with more information about this Themed Call.

Places are limited so please register your details as soon as possible on the registration form below. You can also submit any questions you may have in advance to our panel. There will also be a Q&A session during the live webinar.

On the panel are:

Professor Steve Goodacre: Steve is a clinical academic in emergency medicine and researcher in emergency care at the University of Sheffield. In addition he is an NIHR Senior Investigator and Deputy Programme Director for the NIHR HTA Programme.  

Professor Matt Costa: Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Oxford, NIHR Senior Investigator and NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead for Trauma and Emergency Care.

Professor Wendy Baird: Professor of Health Services Research, University of Sheffield is Director of the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber. She also chairs the NIHR Academy Development and Skills Enhancement Fellowship panel. 

 Please submit any questions relating to the Themed Call for the panel to consider in the text box below.

Research priorities

These previous themed call topics remain ongoing research priorities for all NIHR programmes, and researchers are encouraged to submit applications to the programmes’ researcher led workstreams.

Themed Calls:

Antimicrobial resistance


Medicinal cannabis


Primary Care

Mental Health

Chronic pain

Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People


Long Term Conditions in children

Multimorbidities in older people

Highlight notice:

Brain tumours (This is a Department of Health and Social Care priority call)

These topics remain important to the NIHR programmes:


Pandemic Flu

Surgical and implantable devices

Very rare diseases

For queries about the current Themed Call and Highlight Notice please contact:

For all other enquiries regarding ongoing research priorities please contact the relevant programme.