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Research for Patient Benefit - Competition 45



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Supporting Information

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.

Funding for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - highlight notice

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme is inviting proposals from eligible individuals and research teams for collaborative research projects to better understand and manage the health and social care consequences of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We are particularly interested in populations in the North East of England (NE) where there is a high disease burden and which has been historically under-served by research activity.

To support capacity building, all proposals to this call must include an early career researcher in the NE as a co-lead applicant. Through this highlight notice we are looking to support networking activities that will open up new cross- and inter- disciplinary research agendas and develop new national collaborations between researchers in the COPD research field.

The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within the COPD highlight notice remit. We particularly encourage ambitious and novel research proposals addressing new concepts and techniques, and those with the potential for significant scientific or societal and economic impact, as well as developmental work potentially leading to such research.

We are keen to encourage fresh ideas from new researchers and appropriate proposals are welcomed from those with limited research experience (early career researchers) when supported by an experienced, strong and multi-disciplinary team.

The call is for proposals up to £350,000 for a period of up to three years. Proposals should be submitted to Competition 45 under the highlight notice.

Read more about the COPD highlight notice

Networking events

Potential applicants for the COPD highlight notice need to pre-register their interest. By doing so they agree to sharing their details among the participants of upcoming networking events.  

Registered participants will be invited to participate in a call launch event on 7th December 2020 followed by a series of parallel structured networking events the same day hosted online. 

Register for the networking events