17/92 - Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

Application dates: 01 August 2017 to 21 November 2017

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream:

17/92 - researcher-led - including complex health and care needs in older people highlight notice

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

The closing dates for applications is 1pm 21 November 2017.

The NIHR programmes and research funding schemes have a highlight notice for complex health and care needs in older people. This highlight notice indicates the continuing interest of NIHR in receiving research proposals in this area, and particularly those addressing Frailty; Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care; Medicines management/polypharmacy; Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health; Patient-centred decision making.

For details of this highlight notice, please see our themed calls pagePlease note that this researcher-led call is open to all relevant research areas, and does not just include this highlight notice. If you are responding to the highlight notice, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Question 1 ‘What is the problem being addressed?’ 


We are holding a webinar on Wednesday 27 September, 12:30-1:30pm, to support applications to this funding opportunity. Please complete and submit our webinar form to register your interest in attending.

Supporting information

*Please note: This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the on-line application form only, for example to see how many characters are accepted in each section and how the printed complete 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 available when calls are open. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes which can be found next to the ‘Apply Now’ button.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study/Trial 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 by 1pm on the 21 November 2017, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to public health by the Programme Advisory Board (PAB) in January 2018.

Shortlisted stage 1 applications from this round will be considered by the Research Funding Board (RFB) in February 2018, and assessed for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Applicants will be informed of the RFB's decisions in March 2018, and successful applicants will be invited to stage 2 application. Applicants have eight weeks to complete and submit a stage 2 application for it to be considered at the June 2018 RFB.

Please note: If a very high response is received, some applications may not be taken forward for further assessment if they are deemed to be non-competitive and/or it may be necessary to defer some applications until a later date. 'Non-Competitive' means that an application is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment in comparison with other applications received and funded by the PHR Programme because it has little or no realistic prospect of funding. This may be because of scientific quality, cost, scale/duration, or the makeup of the project team.