Research for Patient Benefit Programme - Competition 39

Application dates: 27 March 2019 to 24 July 2019

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS. As a response mode researcher-led programme, RfPB does not specify topics for research, but encourages proposals for projects which address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.   

The programme aims to fund high quality quantitative and qualitative research with a clear trajectory to patient benefit. It particularly encourages applications that have a strong element of interaction with patients and the public, and which have been conceived in association with a relevant group of service users.

NIHR 2018/19 Themed Call in ‘Improving the outcomes of health and social care for frail people and their carers’ - Proposals are invited for health and social care research that slows or prevents further declines in health, or supports/promotes healthy ageing, independence, and wellbeing. Research should take into account the wider health and social care needs of the individual and their family or other carers. This themed call will apply to Competitions 38 and 39.

NIHR 2018/19 Themed Call in ‘The management of chronic pain’ - Proposals are invited that address the management of chronic pain. A wide range of different interventions may be used in the management of chronic pain, including pharmacological, psychological, physical, surgical and other forms of therapy. This themed call will apply to Competitions 38 and 39.


For further details, please see https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/themed-calls/. Please note that RfPB’s researcher led calls are open to all relevant research areas, and do not just include this themed call. If you are responding to the themed call, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Question 2 ‘Why is this research important in terms of improving the health and/or wellbeing of the public and/or to patients and health and care services?’.