Complex health and care needs in older people

‘Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People’ is an ongoing research priority for the NIHR. See our current funding opportunities.

We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research into the evaluation of healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures for older people with complex health and care needs.

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes identified at a stakeholder workshop:

  • Frailty,
  • Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care,
  • Medicines management/polypharmacy,
  • Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health,
  • Patient-centred decision making.

For more information, including opening dates for different programmes, please see the highlight notice.

For examples of funded projects please see the Journals Library and the Dissemination Centre website.  If you are interested in funded research in a specific programme please see the relevant programme page.

See information about the previous themed call in this area.


Professors Chris Whitty, Bruce Guthrie and Tom Walley talk about the NIHR on-going highlight notice in 'Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People’.