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23/136 Reducing compound pressures on the NHS and social care (HSDR programme)


19 October 2023


13:00 on 18 January 2024


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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.

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 and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this cross-programme funding opportunity.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) wants to generate high-quality research evidence into the evaluation of health and care interventions and services to reduce compound pressures on the NHS and social care.

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is interested in research which improves the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services. For example, research in relation to compound pressures could explore different models of care, care pathways, service delivery, care systems and settings, or research which assesses and evaluates the impact on the health and social care workforce, service users and their carers or families. A wide range of methods and study designs are welcomed, including mixed-methods studies, in the HSDR Programme.

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.

Please carefully review the following call documents before applying:

Call specification document
Stage 1 guidance notes
- HSDR supporting information for applicants

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study 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.


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

Stage 1 deadline: 1pm, 18 January 2024
Notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: late February 2024
Notification of Stage 1 shortlisting decision: late March 2024
Stage 2 writing window: April-May 2024
Notification of Stage 2 funding decision: mid-August 2024
Start date for funded studies: 1 Nov/Dec 2024