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23/68 HSDR Programme Workforce Research Partnerships


25 April 2023


13:00 on 18 July 2023


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  • 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.

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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.

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 looking to fund up to 3 multi-disciplinary partnerships to co-produce and conduct research on diverse aspects of the health and social care workforce. These partnerships will conduct high quality, national research projects on key priority areas in the organisation, delivery, and development of workforce. The aim is also to build capacity and capability in workforce research and share data, learning and skills at a national level.

The research partnerships will reach into both health and social care services, although some partnerships may have greater focus on one or other sector, to develop and test innovations to inform workforce planning and deployment. This research will draw on the expressed needs of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and on knowledge bases outside traditional health and care research, such as:

  • human resources
  • labour economics
  • work and wellbeing
  • management science
  • organisational psychology
  • employment

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 Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.


This is a 2 stage call. Please note these dates are provisional and will be confirmed as soon as possible.

  • Stage 1 deadline: 1pm, July 18 2023
  • notification of Stage 1 shortlisting decision: late August 2023
  • Stage 2 writing period: late August - late October 2023 (8 weeks)
  • funding Committee Interviews: mid-December
  • notification of Stage 2 funding decision: mid-January 2024
  • start date for funded studies: 1 March/April 2024


We are holding a webinar to support applications to this funding opportunity, on Tuesday 6 June, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. To register for the webinar, please complete the sign up form below. 


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