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20/14 Studying mental health and wellbeing in HS2



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*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.

Many of the currently advertised PHR Programme funding opportunities may be impacted by and can be related to the COVID-19 situation. For research proposals focused primarily on COVID-19 interventions please apply via the NIHR COVID-19 Urgent Public Health Research process.

On behalf of HS2 Limited, the Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to this commissioned call for research. In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

Writing Workshop

We will be holding a writing workshop in late June/early July, date to be confirmed. This is scheduled to take place in London but it may now be held virtually. This will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to discuss their proposed research with representatives from the PHR Programme and HS2.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please email the PHR team at by 1 June with a one-page summary of your proposed research as well as your name, the names of two of your team including job titles and host institutions. As places are limited, we will then review the submissions and confirm whether you have a place.

The intention is for the one page summary to provide a basis for discussion at the workshop.

Please note that there is no guarantee of funding by attending the writing workshop; the purpose of the workshop is to offer assistance and advice for potential applicants.


Proposals received by 1pm on 21 August 2020, and deemed within remit of the commissioning brief, will be reviewed by the PHR Funding Committee (FC) in October 2020, and assessed for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Applicants will be informed of the FC's decisions in late October 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 February 2021 Funding Committee.

Please note: Some stage 1 applications may not be taken forward for further assessment if they are deemed to be non-competitive. "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 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.