Cochrane Incentive Awards

Application dates: 02 July 2018 to 28 September 2018

The Cochrane Incentive Awards accepts applications on an annual basis from all Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs).

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

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 28 September 2017.


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in England funds an annual scheme whereby small incentive payments are offered to Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) for preparing key new or updated Cochrane reviews by agreed dates. Over the history of the scheme, around 280 awards have been made.

The Department recognises that these awards are insufficient to meet the full costs of conducting reviews. They are intended to be applied at the discretion of Co-ordinating Editors in ways that will facilitate and possibly accelerate activity that is already planned or underway.

The budget for the scheme in 2018 will remain at £100,000 however we expect to make around 10 – 20 awards. With higher incentive payments (up to £10,000 maximum) available to reviews of impact, which may or may not be using more complex methodology. Complex reviews can seek to request support from the NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit (CRSU) by indicating this in their application. Contact with the CRSU should be made only if/when an award offer has been made by NIHR, and not at the application stage.


Any enquiries relating to this scheme should be referred to Ria Osborne at SRPINFO@NIHR.AC.UK with ‘NIHR Cochrane Incentive Scheme’ in the subject/title field.