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23/141 HSDR Researcher-led call


26 October 2023


13:00 on 18 January 2024


  • 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 free NIHR Research Support Service (RSS) supports researchers in England to apply for funding, and to develop and deliver clinical and applied health, social care and public health research post award. Find out how the RSS can help you.

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 is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity.

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.

In order to apply for this call you will need to carefully review the following documents:

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the Research Governance Guidelines before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.

Please note that the HSDR Programme no longer offers a straight-to-Stage-2 call for evidence syntheses (ES) and therefore applicants are welcome to submit ES proposals via the researcher-led call.

There are usually 6 call rounds a year, and there are often 2 calls open at any one time, with different closing dates.

The HSDR Programme would like to make applicants aware that commissioned calls may be prioritised for committee review over researcher-led applications due to capacity. Applicants will be informed as soon as possible if their application is delayed at any stage.


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

Stage 1 deadline: 1pm on 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 November/December 2024