Funding Opportunities

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)

NIHR

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

NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research
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.
Deadline: This will re-open in October 2019.
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NIHR: 19/50 Understanding the potential of place to impact health and health inequalities
The Public Health Research Programme is interested in research on place-based interventions to improve health and to reduce health inequalities. An evidence review by PHE reported that ‘the unique and individual nature of the built and natural environment make it difficult to develop evidence-based approaches that can be universally applied, and successful practices in one community setting may not always be transferrable to another’. Traditional methods of evaluating interventions may be of less relevance to evaluating place-based approaches. Consequently, we encourage proposals that look upstream (e.g. evaluations of approaches to engage planning practitioners/ policy-makers/ decision-makers/ local politicians in health) or take a broader, whole system perspective.
Research Questions:
• What place-based interventions are effective*or maximising health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities?
• What are the positive outcomes of such interventions for health and wellbeing?
• What are the negative health impacts of place-based interventions and how can they be mitigated?
• What is the cost and cost-effectiveness of such interventions?
Deadline: 12 November 2019, 1.00pm.
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NIHR 19/51 Interventions funded by local authorities to change multiple health behaviours
Research Questions:
• What are the differences in effectiveness between interventions to change multiple health behaviours simultaneously or sequentially, and interventions to change behaviours in isolation?
• What features of design, implementation, context and population group influence the effectiveness of interventions to change multiple health behaviours?
• What are the intermediate outcomes (such as self-efficacy, attitudes, beliefs and knowledge) that are most important to changing multiple health behaviours?
Local government has a responsibility to promote health by reducing harmful health behaviours. Four major health behaviours (smoking, hazardous alcohol use, poor diet, and physical inactivity) directly account for about half of overall premature death in the UK.1 Several health behaviours have also been shown to cluster (for example, people who misuse alcohol are more likely to also smoke than if the behaviours were independent).2,3,4
This call is deliberately about interventions that local authorities may use to address a set of established health behaviours (not restricted only to the four major health behaviours, and may include others such as substance misuse or sexual risk taking), delivered at an individual or small group level. The NIHR Public Health Research Programme recognises the importance of population, system level changes and their impact on health behaviours, but this call is not about these.
Deadline: 12 November 2019, 1.00pm
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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: 20 November 2019 (opens 26 September 2019)
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NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research
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.
Deadline: 27 November 2019 (re-opens 3 October 2019)
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NIHR: Research for Patient Benefit
The Research for Patient Benefit Programme supports research that is concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff. Research proposals should have a clear trajectory towards benefiting the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.
The programme is researcher-led and does not specify topics for research.
The funding available for individual projects is up to £350,000 for up to 36 months. Feasibility studies are expected to cost less than £250,000, and proposals that will generate results that might be useful for more downstream investigations are expected to cost less than £150,000. For more information, please see our supplemental guidance notes on funding limits, finance, tier 3 funding and applying for feasibility studies.
Deadline: Late November 2019
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Cross-programme

19/49 Call for ambitious data-enabled trials, health services and public health research studies

19/93 Liver disease
19/94 Perinatal mental health
19/95 Solid organ replacement, transplant and donation
19/96 Emergency response and preparedness (HS&DR)
Emergency response and preparedness (PDG)
Emergency response and preparedness (PGfAR)
19/97 Emergency response and preparedness (PHR)
Emergency response and preparedness (RfPB)

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme – an NIHR and MRC partnership

19/22 EME Tobacco Cessation, Control and Harm Reduction Interventions

Health Technology Assessment Programme

19/25 Anaesthesia for arteriovenous fistula formation
19/26 Maternal intrapartum glycaemic control
19/27 Peritoneal endometriosis: to treat or not?
19/29 Frequency of blood tests for inflammatory conditions
19/30 Strategies in older people’s care settings to prevent infection
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
19/53 Rivastigmine for psychotic symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease

NIHR Public Health Research Programme

19/89 Public Health Research Programme: Researcher-led
19/90 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme

NIHR Senior Investigators
NIHR Senior Investigators competition 13

NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme
NIHR Incentive Scheme 2019

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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