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24/20 NIHR Application Development Award for Health and Care Professionals


29 February 2024


13:00 on 26 September 2024


We are seeking to commission up to ten Application Development Awards (ADA) to carry out development work prior to research applications, with a requirement for applicant teams to involve Health and Care Professionals (HCP).

Through these ADAs and other HCP specific initiatives, we are offering more opportunities for HCPs to develop as highly skilled researchers and research leaders, and to move towards a more multi-professional approach to addressing the health and care challenges of today and the future. 

The Health and Care Professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) eligible for this ADA call are listed below and must hold registration with one of the listed HEE/NIHR ICA Programme approved regulatory bodies or have plans in place to hold the required registration by the proposed award start date:

  • nurses (including nurses that work in social care)
  • midwives
  • pharmacists
  • healthcare scientists
  • Allied Health Professions

These ADAs are intended to support future applications for funding from any of the NIHR research programmes. Therefore applicants may find it helpful to look at the information available about the programmes. These ADAs are not programme-specific in nature.

This funding opportunity will be assessed via a single stage application process. Applicants are invited to submit a stage two application. In order to apply for this, you will need to carefully review the following documents:


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

Stage 2 deadline: 1pm 26 September 2024
Notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: mid November 2024
Notification of Stage 2 funding decision: mid December 2024
Start date for funded studies: 1 April/1 May 2025

A webinar will be held on Wednesday 20 March 2024, 10-11am to support this funding opportunity. Please email us at to register.