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21/576 Improving choice, access, and uptake of contraception for women, including transgender and non-binary people


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Please note that the Word version of the stage 1 application form 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.

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The Health and Social Care Services Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme is interested in receiving applications to understand the impact of the pandemic on women’s, including transgender and non-binary people’s, choices, access and their attitudes and preferences towards contraception, especially towards long-acting reversible contraceptives.

It is also important to understand their experiences of initial access to contraception in both general practice and sexual and reproductive health services. We are also interested in research that explores women’s, including transgender and non-binary people’s, experiences of using these services, and the extent to which their care is fragmented or well-coordinated, and what this indicates in terms of how service provision may need to change to meet future needs.

Research into understanding experiences of these services in the context of rapid changes to services from face-to-face to remote during the COVID-19 pandemic is also of interest.

In order to apply for this call you will need to carefully review the following documents:

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.


  • Stage one deadline: 1pm on 21 January 2022
  • Notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: end of February 2022
  • Notification of stage one shortlisting decision: early April 2022
  • Stage two writing window: early April – early June 2022
  • Notification of stage two funding decision: late August 2022
  • Start date for funded studies: 01 December 2022/01 January 2023 (it may be possible to start 1 November or 1 December 2021)

Any changes to these dates will be emailed to all Lead Applicants with an application in progress.