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Supporting Information

*Please note: This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the on-line application form only, for example to see how many characters are accepted in each section and how the printed complete form is laid out. Please do not try to use this as an application form, you must apply using the online form available through the links available when calls are open. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes which can be found next to the ‘Apply Now’ button.

The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:


We held a webinar to support applications to this funding opportunity. To view a recording of the webinar, please email

Virtual clinics

We are hosting virtual clinics on Wednesday 15 January 2020, and Friday 24 January 2020. These will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to discuss their proposed research with the PHR team, members of our Prioritisation and Funding Committees and where possible, Research Design Service and Clinical Research Network colleagues.

It is expected that we will hold 45 minute clinics in the morning and afternoon (afternoon only on 24/1/20). Places are limited so if you would like the opportunity to attend a clinic, please complete and submit the following form by Monday 9 December 2019.

We will then let you know if you have a place before Christmas, and provide you with your time slot and joining instructions. Please note that there is no guarantee of funding by attending a clinic; the clinics are to offer assistance and advice for potential applicants.



Personal information


About your research proposal

Research topic

Which call(s) are you interested in applying to?

Please provide details of 2/3 members of the team who would attend the virtual clinic. This should include the intended lead applicant and ideally cover both subject and methodological expertise, and where possible someone from practice. We would strongly encourage early engagement with your local Research Design Service (or equivalent) and where appropriate your Local Clinical Research Network.

Your personal information is held and used in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (2018). The Department of Health and Social Care, National Institute for Health Research (DHSC NIHR) is the Data Controller under GDPR. Under GDPR, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. You should be aware that information given to us might be shared with other DHSC NIHR bodies for the purposes of statistical analysis and other DHSC NIHR management purposes.

Information collected from you will not be passed to any third party outside the NIHR except specifically as detailed above without your consent except where we are under a statutory obligation or entitled to do so by law. Applicants may be assured that DHSC NIHR is committed to protecting privacy and to processing all personal information in a manner that meets the requirements of GDPR.

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Proposals received by 1pm on 17 March 2020, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to public health by the Prioritisation Committee (PC) in May 2020.

Shortlisted Stage 1 proposals from this round will be considered by the Funding Committee (FC) in June 2020, and assessed for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Applicants will be informed of the FC's decisions in late June 2020, and successful applicants will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application. Applicants have eight weeks to complete and submit a Stage 2 application for it to be considered at the October 2020 Funding Committee.

Please note: If a very high response is received, some stage 1 applications may not be taken forward for further assessment if they are deemed to be non-competitive and/or it may be necessary to defer some stage 1 applications until a later date. 'Non-Competitive' means that a proposal is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment in comparison with other proposals received and funded by the PHR Programme because it has little or no realistic prospect of funding. This may be because of scientific quality, cost, scale/duration, or the makeup of the project team.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study/Trial Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.