Funding Opportunities

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)


The following funding opportunities are currently available through the National Institute for Health Research.

NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research Competition 31
Applications are invited for Stage 1 research proposals to develop individual programmes. Research funded through a Programme Grant typically consists of an interrelated group of high quality projects focused on a coherent theme and hence require multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences, to ensure that research objectives can be met. The amount awarded and the length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.
Highlight notices and themed calls
Programme Grants for Applied Research is currently participating in the following highlight notice:
• Brain Tumours
PGfAR Competition 31 is part of a programme specific call which invites programmes of research that use a diverse range of methodologies to address important health and social care questions. For more information see
PGfAR are partnering with Versus Arthritis in the pain themed call to address its Pain Roadmap priorities in arthritis disease management and applied health research. Further information on Versus Arthritis co-funding can be found in the co-funding brief.
Deadline: 27 November 2019
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NIHR: 19/100 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme – researcher-led workstream
This supports studies evaluating interventions that have the potential to make a step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding and proposals should be tailored to fully address the questions posed.
Deadline: 27 November 2019
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NIHR Advanced Research Fellowship
This supports the career development of postdoctoral researchers who do not yet hold a research chair. The fellowships are for a period of two to five years on a full-time basis and may be taken on a part-time basis at between 50 per cent and 100 per cent of whole time equivalent.
Offered as a jointly funded partnership fellowship with the following charity partners:
Castang Foundation
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust
Moorfields Eye Charity
MS Society
Deadline: 03 December 2019
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NIHR Doctoral Fellowships
These enable individuals with the potential to become future health research leaders to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. The doctoral fellowship is a three-year full-time award, but it may also be taken up on part-time basis.
Offered as a jointly funded partnership fellowship with the following charity partners:
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust
Diabetes UK
Kidney Research UK
Moorfields Eye Charity
Muscular Dystrophy UK
Deadline: 17 December 2019
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NIHR: Programme Development Grants – Competition 26
Programme Development Grants are designed to increase the rate and number of successful applications for a full Programme Grant by supporting the completion of the necessary preparatory work to suitably position the research team to submit a competitive Programme Grant application. Individual awards are for a maximum of £100k over a period of six to eighteen months.
Themed Calls:
– Frailty – ‘Improving the outcomes of health and social care for frail people and their carers’ – Proposals are invited for health and social care research that slows or prevents further declines in health, or supports/promotes healthy ageing, independence, and wellbeing. Research should take into account the wider health and social care needs of the individual and their family or other carers. This themed call will apply to Competitions 26.
– Pain – ‘The management of chronic pain’ – Proposals are invited that address the management of chronic pain. A wide range of different interventions may be used in the management of chronic pain, including pharmacological, psychological, physical, surgical and other forms of therapy. This themed call will apply to Competitions 26.
Deadline: 18 December 2019 
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NIHR: Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT)
This initiative provides research funding to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary applied health research in key areas in countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA), where a strategic and targeted investment can result in a transformative impact.
NIHR RIGHT Call 3 supports equitable partnerships between researchers in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and those in the UK to generate new research knowledge and evidence on interventions to improve outcomes for people affected by multi-morbidities in countries eligible for ODA funding.
The aims of RIGHT Call 3 are to:
• deliver applied health research for the direct and primary benefit to the health and wealth of people living in ODA-eligible countries affected by multi-morbidities
• ensure that the research funded through this call strengthens capacity for research and knowledge exchange through development of equitable partnerships between researchers in the ODA-eligible countries and the UK
• promote interdisciplinary approaches to working, by specifically encouraging applications necessitating expertise and activities associated with a broad range of health-science disciplines, including but not limited to: clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and social sciences.
Deadline: 15 January 2020
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NIHR: Research for Social Care Competition 2
The current RfSC call welcomes proposals for research which generates evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way adult social care is delivered for users of care services, carers, and the public.
We expect research proposals to demonstrate strong links to people with social care needs, to social care service users and carers, and to organisations which provide adult social care services. We also expect proposals to demonstrate strong and appropriate research expertise, with teams which can demonstrate a track record of relevant published research.
Deadline: 22 January 2020
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19/93 Liver disease
19/94 Perinatal mental health
19/95 Solid organ replacement, transplant and donation

Health Technology Assessment Programme

19/41 Clozapine for children and young people with treatment resistant schizophrenia
19/42 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor to prevent depression following traumatic brain injury
19/43 Amitriptyline for the prevention of post-herpetic neuralgia
19/44 Nutrient enriched diet for babies with a brain injury
19/76 Antipsychotics for young people with anorexia nervosa

NIHR: Heath Services and Delivery Research Programme

19/103 (standard researcher-led)
19/104 (evidence synthesis)
19/117 and 118 Adult social care partnership and Non-medical workforce in urgent and emergency care settings

NIHR: Health Technology Assessment Programme

19/120 Relapsing polymyalgia rheumatica
19/121 The clinical and cost effectiveness of pulse oximetry screening for hypoxaemia in newborn babies
19/122 A cross sectional study and modelled evaluation of the performance of bowel cancer screening in England
19/123 Oxybutynin for the treatment of vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause
19/124 Effectiveness of meniscal allograft transplantation
19/125 Cardiac rehabilitation for stable angina
19/126 Suspending proton pump inhibitors to reduce Clostridium difficile infection
19/127 Surgery for endometrioma in women undergoing IVF
19/128 Administration routes of steroids in the first-line treatment of idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss
19/129 Lumbar fusion for low back pain
19/130 Bipolar disorder
19/131 Short-term use of benzodiazepines for the acute management of acute low back pain
19/132 A clinical prediction rule for post-operative atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing cardiac surgery

NIHR: Pre-Call announcement for Cystic Fibrosis Research
The NIHR is interested in funding high-quality, ambitious research applications addressing the important questions in Cystic Fibrosis with a call for research likely to be advertised in December 2019 with the following NIHR programmes participating:
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
Health Services and Delivery Research
Health Technology Assessment
Invention for Innovation
Programme Grants for Applied Research
Research for Patient Benefit
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