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23/137 Palliative and End of Life Care (HSDR Programme)


26 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

Studies within a trial or a review

  • This funding opportunity is eligible for researchers to embed a study within a trial or a review. These studies should evaluate alternative ways of undertaking a trial or a review process.

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) 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 HSDR Programme welcomes research proposals in any disease, service or setting, including (but not limited to) hospitals, specialist centres and services, community services, home and care homes.

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 are involved in this call (HTA; EME; PHR) and, given its scope, we welcome applications that span the remit of one or more of the participating research programmes, and which comprise of co-ordinated teams of investigators spanning different specialties/disciplines.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:


This is a 2 stage call. 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