Themed Calls

The NIHR 2017 Theme is complex health and care needs in older people. 

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 the 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.

To see the funding opportunities currently available please see our funding pages.


In November 2016, we held a workshop to identify tractable research topics and issues for future NIHR research, and to explore the context and challenges for research older people with complex health needs. The workshop agenda and presentations, as well as examples of funded projects in older people with complex health needs/multimorbidities can be downloaded on the right.

Previous themed calls

YearThemed Call
2015 Prevention and treatment of obesity
2015 Multimorbidities in older people
2014 Mesothelioma
2014 Long-term conditions in children and young people
2013 Antimicrobial resistance 
2013 Primary care interventions
2012 Applied health research in surgery
2012 Applied clinical research on very rare diseases
2011 Applied health research on dementia
2011 Pandemic flu (HTA Programme)
2009 Obesity (HTA and PHR Programmes)
2009 Diagnostic tests and test technologies (HTA Programme) 
2008 Healthcare associated infection (HTA Programme)
2007 Emergency medicine, pre-hospital care and trauma (HTA Programme)
2005 Medicines for children (HTA Programme)