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22/134 Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme researcher-led


25 October 2022


13:00 on 17 January 2023


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Supporting Information

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 online 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.

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.

The programme aims to commission high quality, well designed research which will be carried out by effective and efficient research teams, providing findings which meet the needs of NHS and Social Care managers and leaders.

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.

Please note that the HSDR Programme no longer offers a straight-to-stage-two call for evidence syntheses (ES) and therefore applicants are welcome to submit ES proposals via the researcher-led call. There are usually six call rounds advertised throughout the year, and there are often two calls open at any one time with different close dates.

Winter pressures

We are also keen to receive high-quality applications for research into winter pressures. This is in recognition of the need for further research based evidence to support those who plan, commission and use services across the health, public health and social care sector over the winter period.

HSDR continuing priorities call

The HSDR Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their continuing priorities call via the researcher-led workstream. However, lead applicants from Scotland will not be eligible to apply as the areas of ongoing need included in this continuing priorities call originated from the commissioned workstream.

In future, where HSDR recognises there are areas of continued unmet need following a commissioned call, it will remain open and highlighted on this page, in order to stimulate further research activity.

The following two commissioned calls have been identified as areas of ongoing need in our portfolio and the HSDR programme is interested in funding high quality research in these areas.

To avoid any duplication, please also note that the following study was funded against this call: NIHR133885 - Improving collaborative inter-agency systems and practice in self-neglect: identifying barriers and co-producing solutions

To avoid any duplication, please also note that the following study was funded against this call NIHR134436: Understanding the role of adult community health services in avoiding hospital admissions

When applying for one of these funding opportunities, please refer to the relevant commissioned call name and number in your Stage 1 application form (section 2 of the Research plan). However, please bear in mind that, apart from noting what research was funded against the original call, neither the commissioning call nor the underpinning literature searches, have been updated since they were originally written. 


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

  • Stage one deadline: 1pm on 17 January 2023
  • Notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: Late February 2023
  • Notification of stage one shortlisting decision: Early April 2023
  • Stage two writing window: early April to early June 2023
  • Notification of stage two funding decision: early August 2023
  • Start date for funded studies: 1 December 2023/1 January 2024

Throughout most of the year there will be two researcher-led opportunities open, please see the funding pages for alternative close dates.