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Reducing compound pressures on the NHS and social care


04 October 2023


26 June 2024


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. Some programmes are now open, or will be opening, for a second round following the close of the first round earlier in 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 NIHR programmes taking part in this call for research and their respective launch and close dates are:

  • NIHR Academy
    • Doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship open dates: April and September 2024
    • Advance Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship open dates: March and September 2024
    • Doctoral Fellowships open date: April 2024
    • Advanced Fellowships open date: April 2024


For further information, please email