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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.

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

 The Themed Call webinar for injuries, accidents and emergency and urgent care took place on Friday March 20 2020.

If you have any questions relating to the webinar or the themed call, please email

Webinar presenters will not have access to information not in the public domain and their participation as presenters will not confer any personal or institutional benefit. 


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)

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.