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Reducing compound pressures on the NHS and social care


21 February 2023


30 August 2023


We want to generate high-quality research evidence into the evaluation of health and care interventions and services to reduce compound pressures on the NHS and social care. 

In order to apply for this call you will need to carefully review the following documents:

Opening and submission dates for this funding opportunity vary based on the programme - the earliest opening date is 21 February 2023 and latest closing date will be 30 August 2023. Completed forms must be submitted by the date specified by the relevant programme.

This cross-programme call for research supports the recently published Department of Health and Social Care Areas of Research Interest which calls for high quality evidence to support those who plan, commission, manage, deliver and use services across the health, public health and social care sector.

We welcome applications for both new primary research studies to establish the effectiveness of new, promising or existing interventions, and implementation science, evidence synthesis and policy research to support the translation of effective interventions into policy and practice. We anticipate that a range of projects in size and scope will be commissioned and that where possible, will be able to report meaningful intermediate data early in the contract period.

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.

Participating programmes

The following NIHR programmes are taking part in this call for research:

A list of programmes which are currently open to applications for the Compound Pressures Themed Call is available. Programmes will be added and removed from this list in due course as new funding rounds open and close.


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