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22/14 Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) - local government initiatives


12 October 2022


13:00 on 31 January 2023


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We invite local government organisations in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to submit an expression of interest to the NIHR Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) programme.

Submitting an expression of interest means putting forward for evaluation an existing intervention that has the potential to impact on health. If the intervention is selected, a fully-funded PHIRST academic team would work in partnership with you to produce a robust and timely evaluation.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to find and select local government initiatives that have the potential to impact on health, and which are in need of robust evaluation.

This opportunity is likely to be highly competitive. When this opportunity closes, we will prioritise for evaluation local authority initiatives:

  • that are likely to have important impacts on population health and health inequalities
  • that have the potential to be widely generalisable
  • for which there is an identified need
  • that are readily evaluable
  • for which funding has been identified and preferably secured
  • for which evaluative research will provide timely evidence to inform practice or policy in local government

If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact the PHIRST team by email:

How to apply

In order to apply to work with one of the PHIRST’s you will need to carefully review the:

and submit your application using the 'apply now' button below, by 1pm, 31 January 2023. Guidance on what to include in the expression of interest is contained within the specification document. EoIs will be reviewed and prioritised by representatives from the Prioritisation Committee of the Public Health Research (PHR) Programme. We will aim to communicate a decision by the end of March 2023.