Date: 22 March 2017
The NIHR will be launching a streamlined application process for researchers applying for funding. In response to wide user feedback, and as part of the NIHR’s continuous improvement culture, we are making applying to NIHR for funding as simple as possible whilst retaining our commitment to research excellence.
The streamlined, two-stage form will be rolled out across NIHR research and training programmes from May 2017, the new form will allow the correct application to be attached to each call, making it available to applicants when they use the 'click here to apply' button. In response to feedback the revised standard application form will ask for information once, at the point it is required to make either shortlisting or funding decisions. Any information provided during Stage 1 of the process will be automatically available for Stage 2 to avoid repetition and facilitate completion of the application. Applicants will be provided with clear, concise guidance about how to use the forms, including resources provided by INVOLVE about how to set out public involvement plans and present a Plain English Summary.
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health, commented that “the new streamlined application process should make it simpler for researchers to apply for funding and will support both the efficiency and effectiveness of our decision-makers.”
Simon Denegri, National Director for Patients and the Public in Research and Chair, INVOLVE, said: “The NIHR is committed to strengthening and improving its approach to patient and public involvement in research as set out in ‘Going the Extra Mile’. The application process needed to be changed and I am pleased the NIHR has done this without lessening the responsibilities on researchers to include appropriate and relevant plans for involving people in their proposal. In keeping with our partnership ethos these plans will continue to be reviewed by our public contributors, panel Chairs and members.”
Following implementation, a comprehensive evaluation of the revised application form will take place to ensure user feedback – including that from patients and the public - has been addressed and to test fitness for purpose.
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