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Research for Patient Benefit - Competition 44



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Supporting Information

*This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the online application form only. Please do not try to use this as an application form. You must apply using the online form in the Research Management System, available when calls are open

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS. As a response mode researcher-led programme, Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) does not specify topics for research, but encourages proposals for projects which address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.

The programme aims to fund high quality quantitative and qualitative research with a clear trajectory to patient benefit. It particularly encourages applications that have a strong element of interaction with patients and the public, and which have been conceived in association with a relevant group of service users.

Themed calls

RfPB is participating in the following NIHR themed call:

NIHR 2020/2021 Themed Call in ‘Cystic Fibrosis’ 

Proposals are invited for research that involves people with cystic fibrosis, including the evaluation of interventions that could improve the treatment and management of cystic fibrosis and its co-morbidities and complications. The call aims to support robustly designed studies with the potential to make a step-change in improving health outcomes for patients, the public and social care services. We are particularly interested in studies focused around the burden of care and treatment and how they could be simplified, the diagnosis and management of non-tuberculous mycobacteria, the potential benefits of exercise and possible alternative options to physiotherapy. This theme will continue to apply until further notice.

For further details about this call, including the remit and how to apply, please read the commissioning brief. Please note that RfPB’s researcher-led calls are open to all relevant research areas, and do not just include this themed call. If you are responding to the themed call, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Question 2 ‘Why is this research important in terms of improving the health and/or wellbeing of the public and/or to patients and health and care services?’.

Note regarding Competition 44:

During competition 44, the RfPB programme is piloting the assessment of anonymised applications at Stage 1. We will choose two regions in which we will anonymise all Stage 1 applications before sharing them with Research Advisory Committees for assessment. By submitting your applications to competition 44 you consent to take part in this pilot. Please ensure that you do not include any identifiable information in the “Specify your role in the research” section for either lead, joint lead or co-applicants.