17/147 - Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led primary research

Application dates: 06 December 2017 to 25 April 2018

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream:

17/147 - Researcher-led primary research (including complex health and care needs in older people theme)

In line with the NIHR's launch of a streamlined application process applicants will need to carefully read the new Stage 1 application guidance notes and supporting information below:

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 25 April 2018.


We held a webinar which included an overview of the HTA programme followed by some hints and tips on how to make a good application; watch the webinar.

Supporting information

*Please note: This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form only, for example to see how many characters are accepted in each section and how the printed form is laid out. Please do not try to use this as an application form, you must apply using the online form available through the links above. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes, which can be found next to the ‘Click here to apply’ button.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.

Assessment dates

Applications received on this date which are deemed within remit will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in June 2018. They will then be considered by a HTA Funding Board in July2018 with first stage decisions communicated to applicants in August 2018.

Please note the following

The programme reserves the right to review and develop potentially important research areas for the NHS highlighted during the assessment of unsuccessful researcher-led applications. Research topics may be further developed with the aim of openly funding further research to address NHS priorities. Research assessed as an NHS priority will be advertised as a commissioning brief (i.e. a call inviting research proposals in a specified topic area addressing an NHS need). All briefs are openly advertised and proposals submitted to address a brief are considered in direct competition.

The programme obtains topic suggestions from a wide range of sources and on occasion proposals may be submitted to the researcher–led (CET) streams which are on a similar topic area as one in development via our commissioned stream. Please note that commissioning briefs take priority over applications to researcher led funding calls. If an Expression of Interest (EoI) is submitted on a similar topic to a commissioning brief or any proposed research areas for HTA commissioned calls, it will not be considered and either:

  • once the commissioning brief is advertised, the applicant can tailor their application to the commissioning brief and submit it in response to this, or
  • if a decision is made not to advertise a commissioning brief, applicants can apply through the researcher-led workstream in the usual way.