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23/14 Motor neurone disease highlight notice (HSDR Programme)


01 February 2023


13:00 on 31 May 2023


  • For help with your application contact
  • For more information about the funding Programme, visit the HSDR Page
  • Got a research idea and not sure how to turn it into a funding application? The Research Design Service (RDS) supports health and social care researchers across England on all aspects of developing and writing a funding application. Find out how the RDS can help with your application.

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.

Proposals for Motor Neurone Disease research that address important health and social care questions are invited. Topics of interest include - but are not limited to:

  • validating Patient Related Outcome Measures (PROMs) and assessing the feasibility of using a PROM in appropriate care settings
  • research into care management, planning and coordination including but not limited to workforce and care navigators; informal carer support, respite services and day services; models of care including specialist hubs and interface with sectors and agencies; and the use of remote services and digitalised self-management support
  • training and awareness for general staff in hospitals e.g. around end-of-life care

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:

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, 31 May 2023
  • notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: early July 2023
  • notification of Stage 1 shortlisting decision: early August 2023
  • Stage 2 writing window: early August - late September 2023
  • notification of Stage 2 funding decision: mid-December 2023
  • start date for funded studies: 1 March/April 2024