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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.

Current themed call

We have issued a cross-programme call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services to support the delivery of a more sustainable UK health and care system, including mitigating the effects of climate change on health and care delivery. See our information about participating programmes, dates, the specification document and how to apply.

Research priorities

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.


Highlight notice:

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

Motor neurone disease (due to be advertised early in 2022)

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

Previous themed calls

These topics remain important to the NIHR programmes:

Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care


Pandemic Flu

Surgical and implantable devices

Very rare diseases

Contact us

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.