The Public Health Research Programme invites applications for palliative and end of life care research which supports health and care services to help people at the end of their lives to live as well as possible and to die with dignity, compassion and comfort.
The PHR Programme welcomes research proposals that fall within its remit.
In addition to the specific areas noted in the commissioning brief, research proposals should address inequalities in access and experience of care and services, including intersectional differences and disadvantage. To build capacity and address geographical and other disparities in research funding and activity, we welcome partnerships between research active institutions and others less active to date, and located in geographical areas of deprivation and/or high care need.
Other NIHR funding programmes involved in this call are:
- Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
- Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR)
- Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
Given its scope, we welcome applications that span the remit of 1 or more of the participating research programmes, and which comprise of co-ordinated teams of investigators spanning different specialties/disciplines.
Please note, open and close dates for each programme vary.
In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:
The NIHR Research Support Service (RSS) also has a specific centre focused on public health research, the NIHR RSS Public Health Specialist Centre.
Any changes to these dates will be emailed to all Lead Applicants with an application in progress.
- Stage 1 deadline: 1pm, 12 December 2023
- notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: early January 2024
- notification of Stage 1 shortlisting decision: early March 2024
- Stage 2 writing window: early March to end April 2024
- notification of Stage 2 funding decision: mid July 2024
- earliest start date for funded studies: 1 October/1 November 2024
Please note, if a very high response is received, some applications may not be taken forward for further assessment if they are deemed to be non-competitive and/or it may be necessary to defer some applications until a later date. 'Non-Competitive' means that an application is not of a sufficiently high standard to be taken forward for further assessment in comparison with other applications received and funded by the PHR Programme 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 Research Governance Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.