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Patient Safety Research Collaborations

The NIHR has launched a new, open competition to designate and fund NIHR Patient Safety Research Collaborations (PSRCs) in England.

NIHR PSRCs will undertake high quality translational, applied and health services research on patient safety that addresses strategic patient safety challenges within the health and care system. The aim of the new scheme is to develop, validate and test innovations, approaches and interventions that have the potential to lead to improvements in patient safety and the safety of health and care services. This NIHR PSRC competition represents an evolution from the NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs) scheme which was established in 2012.

NHS organisations in England, in collaboration with a university partner, are eligible to apply.

The closing date for electronic submission of applications is 09 February 2022 at 13:00.

Those who wish to submit an application should refer to the Guidance for Applicants. Applications must be submitted online through the Research Management System (RMS). Please refer to the RMS Guidance for full details on completing the online application form. RMS technical assistance will be provided up to call close on 09 February 2022.

Any enquiries should be sent to


A webinar for applicants will be held on 30 November 2021, 9:30-11:30. Please pre-submit all questions to be addressed at the webinar by 13:00 on 18 November 2021 to


Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) will be provided regularly during the competition. The FAQs document will be updated after the applicant webinar and regularly thereafter until 26 January 2022. Please note, questions submitted between the 24 December 2021 and 04 January 2022 will be responded to in the FAQ update that will be published on the week commencing 10 January 2022.  

Any enquiries should be sent to