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23/29 Reducing compound pressures on the NHS and social care (PHR Programme)


07 March 2023


13:00 on 15 August 2023


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  • For more information about the funding Programme, visit the PHR 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.

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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 which can be found next to the ‘Apply Now’ button.

The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic. The Programme is interested in funding evaluations of non-NHS interventions and prefers looking at those that act at a population, rather than individual, level. The Programme is particularly interested in the role of local government and the voluntary sector in the context of compound pressures. Those populations that are most vulnerable to compound pressures are of interest and should be defined carefully, with involvement of those communities in the development and undertaking of any research encouraged.

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

Our calls are being supported by Public Health Research Applications and Design Advice (PHRADA), which is provided by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) across England. If you would like to request support for this call, please contact PHRADA by email

Applicants from England who have not been funded by the PHR Programme before are required to provide proof that contact has been made with the PHRADA service.

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.


  • Stage 1 deadline: 1pm, 15 August 2023
  • notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: late August 2023
  • notification of stage one shortlisting decision: mid/end October 2023
  • Stage 2 writing window: mid/end October to mid December 2023
  • notification of Stage 2 funding decision: early March 2024
  • earliest start date for funded studies: 1 June/1 July 2024


We are holding a webinar to support applications to this funding opportunity on Tuesday 20 June 2023, 3pm to 4.15pm.

To register for the webinar, please complete the sign-up form below.


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