Policy Research Programme

Our Policy Research Programme (PRP) commissions high quality research that offers value for money and delivers robust, relevant, timely, accessible and intelligible evidence to ministers and Arms-Length Bodies (ALBs).

The programme works closely with the Department of Health (DH) Science, Research and Evidence (SRE) Directorate to support policy makers in England to make informed decisions for the benefit of the general population, patients and the NHS. Its priorities are discussed by the Department’s R&D Committee, chaired by the DH Chief Scientific Adviser, and high priority needs are then met by commissioning the research.

Priorities are also informed by the Department’s strategic objectives and business plans, are influenced by stakeholder consultation and expert advice, and are continually evolving.

Call on Epidemiology for Vaccinology - closed to new applications

Through ODA funding, proposals were invited on the use and development of epidemiological models, tools and technologies to assist with the deployment and clinical trialling of vaccines in outbreak situations in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. Specification guidance and Guidance for applicants.


 PRP-funded research will normally:

  • Provide robust evidence to inform policy development and implementation
  • Evaluate policies, including the evaluation of pilots before policies are fully implemented
  • Commission research evidence for policy-making over the longer term.

Funding 

The programme funds research in three main ways:

  • Long term programmes of research in academic Policy Research Units (PRUs), designed to meet the longer-term research needs of DH as well as to provide a rapid response function
  • Large-scale initiatives comprising linked groups of studies, providing a range of empirical evidence on a key policy area or issue
  • Single projects and literature or scoping reviews.   

 

Round 19 timetable

1. Evaluation of Supplementary Prescribing by Dietitians and Independent Prescribing by Therapeutic Radiographers

Proposals for a single research project to evaluate and inform supplementary prescribing by dietitians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers. This is a significant opportunity to inform policy and implementation in an area of continuing importance for patients, to improve care and ensure people have safe access to the medicines they need.

Deadline Stage 1 applications 10 July 2017 (Closed)
Notification of outcome Stage 1 August 2017
Deadline  Stage 2 (invited applications) 19 September 2017
Notification of outcome Stage 2 December 2017

2. Evaluation of the Transforming Care Programme

Proposals for an evaluation of the national Transforming Care Programme, focused on quality of care and quality of life of people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their family carers. The research should inform future delivery of the programme as well as the monitoring and improvement of learning disability and autism services more widely.  

Deadline Stage 1 applications 10 July 2017 (Closed)
Notification of outcome Stage 1 August 2017
Deadline  Stage 2 (invited applications) 19 September 2017
Notification of outcome Stage 2 December 2017