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RfPB Under-represented disciplines and specialisms highlight notice: Allied Health Professionals


13 December 2023


24 April 2024


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Supporting Information

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme invites applications from allied health professionals to the third highlight notice addressing the NIHR strategy to strengthen careers of under-represented disciplines and specialisms.

The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic provided the application is within RfPB remit.

The call is for proposals up to £500,000 for a period of up to three years and follows RfPB tiered approach to funding limits according to the trajectory to patient benefit.

All applications to this highlight notice must be led by one of the allied health professionals recognised by NHS England, including art therapists, dietitians, dramatherapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists/orthotists, radiographers, speech and language therapists. We are keen to encourage novel ideas from new researchers and appropriate applications are welcome from those with limited research experience when supported by an experienced, strong and multi-disciplinary team.

More information about this highlight notice are available in the call specification

If you have any queries regarding this call, please note that we are holding a webinar on Monday 15 January 2024 at 2 pm with a live Q&A for which you can register below. Alternatively, please submit your questions via email to and our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that all applicants are required to submit an expression of interest by 26 March 2024 before proceeding to Stage 1 application submission.

The NIHR Research Support Service (RSS) supports health and social care researchers across England on all aspects of developing and writing a funding application. Find out how the RSS can help with your application


  • Call opens – 13 December 2023
  • Expression of Interest – 26 March 2024
  • Call closes – 24 April 2024 at 1pm
  • Stage 1 outcome – July 2024
  • Stage 2 outcome – February 2025 


We are holding a webinar on Monday 15 January 2024 at 2 pm

To register your interest in attending, please complete the webinar sign-up form.