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21/16 Improving support for adult and/or older carers



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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.

Anyone can submit an idea for a research topic. If you would like to suggest a topic relating to healthcare where you feel more research is needed, please send it to

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme wishes to fund high quality, theory-led work on effective approaches to supporting carers. New research of all kinds is needed, but specific priorities have been identified by carers, voluntary groups and others. Some examples of priorities identified include:
  • overviews of what works to reduce social isolation for carers
  • evaluations of models of ‘centres’ to support carers
  • better ways of identifying and assessing carer support needs, particularly older individuals, and those in marginalised communities.
In order to apply for this commissioned call you will need to carefully review the:
All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study 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.


Call open: 9 March 2021
Call close: 1pm on 5 August 2021
Remit and competitive decision notification: by late August 2021 (only if unsuccessful)
Stage 1 Shortlisting decision notification: by 8 October 2021
Stage 2 writing window: early October - to late November (8 weeks)
Stage 2 Funding decision notification: mid- February 2022
Study start date: 1 May/June 2022


The HS&DR webinars for 21/16 Improving support for adult and/or older carers and 21/50 National Evaluation of NHS @home webinar have already taken place however, the webinar slides and a recording for either can be obtained by emailing
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