Health Inequalities Research Initiative: Call 2

Application dates: 16 April 2019 to 21 May 2019

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme (PRP)
invites applications to undertake health inequalities research to support policy makers in the
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in the following areas:
● Assessing how to improve existing population wide policies aimed at improving health
outcomes so that they so they also reduce health inequalities and/or do not exacerbate
inequalities
● Identifying which existing health system interventions that are specifically designed to
reduce socio-economic health inequalities are effective and cost-effective
● Assessing the effectiveness in reducing health inequalities of whole system approaches
to improving the health of deprived communities;
● Identifying opportunities and risks presented by advancements in digital technology, and
practical measures to ensure such technology does not exacerbate socio-economic
health inequalities.

There is an overarching interest in understanding how to maximise the effectiveness of
existing policies so that they can improve the health of the poorest fastest, as well as
understanding the reasons why some local areas do well, and some less well, on health
inequality measures.

Projects may draw on a range of methodologies, which may include, but not limited to:
documentary analysis, evidence reviews, secondary analysis of quantitative and qualitative
data, and primary data collection e.g. qualitative research with stakeholders and users.