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Closing date: 30 December 2019

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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Subcommittee Membership

We are pleased to announce an excellent opportunity has arisen to participate in Programme Grants for Applied Research assessment committees. These prestigious appointments offer senior applied health researchers the chance to take part in and gain experience of making recommendations to NIHR for large scale, high quality programmes of research for the benefit of patients and the NHS.

Research for Social Care (RfSC) Committee Member

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to participate in the Research for Social Care (RfSC) call, a new annual funding call focussing on funding high quality social care research.  This appointment offers practitioners and social care researchers the chance to join a social care research committee, making recommendations to NIHR to fund high quality researcher-led projects for the benefit of users of social care.


Part of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme and following on from the first RfPB social care call in 2018, the new annual Research for Social Care call is a £3m responsive mode call that will make awards of up to £350,000 for projects up to three years in length.  Projects will be undertaken by collaborative research groups based in England, with co-applicants from local authorities, third sector organisations, the NHS and academia. Projects can be hosted by Higher Education Institutes, Local Authorities and NHS organisations, or other provider of NHS services involved in the research. Further information on the Research for Social Care call can be found here.

RfSC project application process

A two-stage application process, modelled on the RfPB programme process, will be used for proposals submitted to the call. Following submission of a formative stage 1 application, applicants will be offered feedback on their proposal, and if deemed competitive, will be invited to submit a stage 2 standard application form. Stage 2 forms will be sent for external peer and public review, followed by assessment by a national committee of social care research experts. 

Committee structure

The national committee is made up of approximately 20 members and will consist of the following:

  • a committee Chair
  • a committee Deputy Chair
  • individuals with a wide range of skills and with experience of social care research both from social care practice and from academia
  • research methodology experts, covering areas such as qualitative methods, statistics, health economics and trials
  • two to three public involvement members.


The RfSC committee is seeking to appoint social care researchers and practitioner members to the committee. In particular, researchers with methodology expertise and experience of social care practice are sought.

Candidate profile

Successful candidates will have experience in social care research in relevant areas as demonstrated through publications, research funding, impact of research on users of social care, and other measures of peer esteem. Experience of sitting on panels and committees is desirable.

We do advise applicants to have permission and support from their host institution before applying.


The RfSC committee membership tenure is for two years in the first instance, with the potential for renewal for a further two years in most cases. Exceptionally, extensions may be made for an additional year up to a maximum of five years at the discretion of the Programme Director. Reapplication for membership is only permissible after a two-year period has elapsed.

Committee meetings will take place twice per year in Twickenham, with the stage 1 meeting currently planned for March 2020 and the stage 2 meeting planned for June 2020. Meetings typically last a full day and members will be asked to review applications in advance. It is important that members are able to make the commitment to prepare for the meetings in advance and attend the meetings in full.


During each committee meeting, individual members are assigned to be the lead assessor for a subset of the applications submitted. This involves reviewing the research proposals in detail and presenting views orally at the meetings or helping to collect points of feedback for applicants. Members are involved in making consensus decisions on whether application should be recommended for funding and approving changes, where required, to applications before funding is confirmed.

All members are expected to participate in the critical evaluation of every application and to share responsibility for all decisions of the committee as a whole. Thus, there is a large volume of application paperwork to be considered by each member, requiring several hours of preparation time before each meeting.

Before committee meetings, committee members are also encouraged to suggest potential peer reviewers for the applications considered.

In addition to committee meeting work, committee members may be asked to help assess requests for time and/or funding extensions for projects.

How to apply and recruitment timetable

Please submit completed application forms via e-mail to by 30 December 2019.

If for whatever reason there are no current vacancies at the time of application, the applications will be kept on file and applicants will be eligible for appointment for two years from receipt of application.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please e-mail or call the RfSC team on 020 8843 8057.