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24/33 PHR Programme researcher-led


30 April 2024


13:00 on 09 August 2024


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

The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme are accepting Stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

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

Please note that this researcher-led call is open to all relevant research areas. If you are responding to the brain tumour highlight notice, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Question 1 ‘What is the problem being addressed?’

Please consult the NIHR Specialist Centre for Public Health (SCPH) about the design of your research as soon as possible. Successful applications generally require a long time (several months) to develop.


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

  • Stage one deadline: 1pm on 9 August 2024
  • Notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: End August 2024
  • Notification of stage one shortlisting decision: Early November 2024
  • Stage two writing window: Early November to early January 2025
  • Notification of stage two funding decision: mid-end March 2025
  • Start date for funded studies: 1 October/1 November 2025      

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study/Trial 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.