In addition, each individual funding opportunity will have specific criteria. We recommend that you read thoroughly the scope/commissioning brief/research specification, applicant guidance and supporting information attached to each funding opportunity before applying.
How you’ve involved patients, carers and the public will be assessed when your research application is reviewed by our prioritisation and funding committees. In addition, the Health Research Authority will review how you’ve involved and engaged with members of the public when it assesses your research for ethics approval.
We advise that researchers consider whether the study design they’re proposing is right for the research question. Consider novel and efficient study designs. You should also be able to justify your sample size and outcome measures.
The NIHR Research Design Service supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR funding programmes. The experts in the RDS can help you to formulate your idea into a research question.
The NIHR Study Support Service can help you plan, set up and deliver your research to time and target in the NHS, as well as advise on running research in public health and social care settings.
The early contact and engagement element of the service can advise on whether your study is eligible for delivery support from the NIHR Clinical Research Network, as well as offer information on attribution of costs, recruitment pathways and other aspects of study delivery.
Does your research team have the appropriate expertise including project management, patient and public involvement, statistics, academics, health economics and clinical or subject (where applicable)? Are research staff of the appropriate level/grade for their role?
Some of our research programmes support collaborating with researchers outside of England. Ascertain whether your study can include international work.
NIHR-funded research can generate intellectual property in a wide range of forms, including know-how, data sets, copyright, trademarks and patents.
We work with researchers to ensure that the intellectual property generated from NIHR funding is secured within an appropriate legal and contractual environment. This ensures that the NIHR, NHS and broader public sector have the best chance of realising benefits and achieving impact from the research that we fund.
Who is the end user of the research and how will you reach them? How will this research change practice? We must be able to easily understand the potential benefit to the target population, patient/public group and/or NHS.
Is your application well presented, concise and clear? Use visible headings, white space and flow diagrams. Make sure it tells the story for non-specialist readers, and leave time to proofread it thoroughly.
Costs and staff time commitments should be realistic and clearly justified.
Efficacy and Mechanism EvaluationThe EME Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care.Health Services and Delivery ResearchThe HS&DR Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.Health Technology AssessmentThe HTA Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness and broader impact of NHS healthcare treatments and tests.Invention for InnovationThe NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme supports the development of innovative healthcare technologies.Policy ResearchThe NIHR funds policy research to enable evidence informed policy making in health and social care.Programme Development GrantsNIHR Programme Development Grants are available to carry out targeted preparatory work to strengthen a future full Programme Grants for Applied Research.Programme Grants for Applied ResearchNIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research funds collaborative, multidisciplinary programmes of applied research to solve health and social care challenges.Public Health ResearchWe fund research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.Research for Patient BenefitThe NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme funds health, public health and social care research to improve the lives of people with health and care needs.Evidence SynthesisIdentifying and evaluating findings of relevant individual studies, to inform decision makers about tests, treatments and interventions used in health and social care.Funding opportunitiesView all current and future NIHR funding opportunitiesResearch Design ServiceHow we provide support to health and social care researchers across England on all aspects of developing and writing a grant application for funding.Study Support ServiceSupport, advice and expertise to help researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality clinical research.Partners and IndustryWorking with the life sciences industry, research charities, and other funders to deliver high quality health research.International fundingInternational collaborations with NIHR-funded research.