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24/49 PHIRST Local Government Expressions of Interest


14 May 2024


1pm on 24 September 2024


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The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting Expressions of Interest from local government for evaluations of interventions by the NIHR’s Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST).

We invite local authorities in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland to submit an expression of interest to identify specific initiatives within their Local Authorities that would benefit from evaluation. The PHR Programme has appointed academic teams (the ‘PHIRST teams’) that are ready to work with local authorities on evaluation of interventions being conducted by local authorities.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to identify and prioritise local authority initiatives which have the potential to impact on health, and which require evaluation.

The academic teams (but not the initiative itself) are fully funded to co-design and undertake robust and independent evaluations in partnership with local authorities and their partners.

In order to apply via our online REALMS system, you will need to carefully review the:


  • Expression of Interest deadline: 1pm, 24 September 2024
  • notification of outcome: November 2024

If you have any queries about this initiative please contact the team on