Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme

Application dates: 01 March 2018 to 31 December 2019

 

The Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS) offers researchers the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, prior to intervention implementation, for unique, time-limited opportunities such as a natural experiment or similar evaluations of a new public health intervention.

This scheme is not intended to fund studies which provide definitive answers to questions to inform service provision – it is to prepare for such studies.

The RFS has been set up to provide the public health research community with an accelerated route to funding for small-scale, short and time sensitive proposals that demonstrate a need for a rapid commissioning process to be followed. Funding will be offered, subject to appropriate scientific scrutiny, on the understanding that a full application to support completion of the evaluation will be forthcoming at an appropriate time point.

 

Proposals submitted to the RFS will:

  • make a convincing case of the urgency to undertake the research and justify why the data collection needs to start within a timescale which can’t be accommodated by the programme’s normal research commissioning processes, taking advantage of an unanticipated, time limited, natural experiment opportunity.
  • be clear why the work could not have been proposed earlier.
  • lead to the submission of a proposal for a full evaluation, which would generate research findings that are generalisable and have clear utility for public health decision makers with the potential to change practice.
  • be deliverable for a total cost £50,000 or less.
  • be for a duration of six months or less.
  • be for base line data collection or urgent feasibility work.

If you would like your proposal to be considered for the RFS, please contact phr@nihr.ac.uk with a summary of your intended project of no more than one page of A4 in length describing both the proposed work and the reasons for the urgency.

Once the information provided has been considered by the PHR programme, you will be informed whether your proposal is eligible for the RFS. If eligible you will be given four weeks to complete a stage 2 application form. A final decision will be communicated to the applicant within 4-6 weeks of the application.

 

Common reasons for non-eligibility of proposals in this scheme:

Reasons for non-eligibility

     Solutions

 

The application does not demonstrate urgency, eg it does not show why usual PHR processes could not be used.

 
  • Clearly demonstrate the urgency and uniqueness of the opportunity

  • Use standard PHR processes to apply for funding

The urgency of the application arises through inaction, eg it has been known for several years that an event will happen, but an evaluation has only been considered at the last minute.

 
  • Be proactive in identifying research opportunities, and apply through standard processes

  • Use phinder to connect academics and practioners

 The claimed urgent opportunity occurs on a regular and frequent basis, eg the start of a school year.  

 The scale of the project proposed is too large for the resources available in this funding stream.