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23/142 HSDR National Evaluation Teams 2023


26 October 2023


13:00 on 14 December 2023


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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 wishes to fund up to 3 national evaluation teams, ready and prepared to conduct, at short notice, substantive, in-depth assessments of large-scale service changes. Each team will have a contract of up to £3m over 5 years.

In order to apply for this call you will need to carefully review the following documents (please note that the guidance notes are specific to this call):

Please note that all primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee, and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC 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. Exact dates will be provided as soon as available.

EoI (Stage 1) deadline: 1pm on 14 December 2023
Notification of Stage 1 shortlisting decision: end of January 2024
Stage 2 writing window: end of January to mid-March 2024
Interviews (TBC)/Stage 2 committee: mid-April 2024
Notification of Stage 2 funding decision: early May 2024
Start date for funded studies: 1 June 2024