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Policy Research Programme - Global Health Research Centres: Learning Research Partner Call


09 November 2022


13:00 on 11 January 2023


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Supporting Information

*This document is an example of the online Standard Application Form and can be used as a template to prepare your answers. Please do not use this as an application form. You must apply using the online form in the Research Management System.

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) invites applications for a Learning Research Partner to support, embed and advance methodological approaches - spanning monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), research on research, and continuous improvement - across the first 3 years of the first cohort of NIHR Global Health Research Centres awards.

Specific aims of the Learning Research Partner will be to:

  • exemplify the value of equitable and participatory MEL approaches through supporting the Centres, providing insights of good practice and facilitating the design and delivery of training activities
  • work with Centres award-holders and NIHR programme teams to design and set up sustainable routes to enable shared learning and engagement in RCS, community engagement and involvement, knowledge management etc. through e.g. learning & training platforms, networking events, workshops, seminars and/or other events;
  • facilitate the development of an overarching programme-level Centres MEL framework and strategy which is contextually-relevant and which both incorporates and supports Centres’ own development of participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies and approaches at local level
  • work collaboratively with Centres award-holders and wider partners to consider which topics are suitable for formal ‘research on research’ studies across the programme, and consider potential for research training of individuals (e.g. via LMIC-based PhD studentships);
  • consider and provide recommendations to National Institute for Health and Care Research/Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) relating to governance functions relating to monitoring, evaluation and learning and other learning activities at a programme level;
  • consider and provide recommendations relating to NIHR/DHSC’s future commissioning of evaluations (via independent third parties, as appropriate) to ensure MEL and appropriate generation of summative evidence, and meet accountability requirements against key metrics, for the Centres programme.

Please refer to the Global Health Research – Finance Guidance for Applicants when completing your finance form. Please note the expenditure categories in the form have been reduced as the call will require fewer expenditure categories than are listed in the guidance. For this call, the expenditure categories that have been considered relevant are as follows:

  • Staff costs,
  • Travel, subsistence and conference fees
  • Equipment (including lease versus purchase costs)
  • Consumables,
  • Community Engagement and Involvement (CEI)
  • Dissemination
  • Other Direct Costs
  • Indirect Costs

The submission deadline for applications is 1pm on 11 January 2023.

If you have any queries regarding this call, please submit them and our team will get back to you as soon as possible.