Funding Opportunities

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)


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

NIHR: i4i Product Development Awards Call 17Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) research proposals for translational R&D projects aimed at cultivating new techniques or technologies into innovative interventions which address existing or emerging healthcare needs. i4i supports projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.
Deadline: call opens 31 October and closes 12 December 2018, 1.00pm
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NIHR: i4i Product Development Awards Call 17
These awards support any stage of the translational research and development pathway, including the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions.Highlight Notices: ‘Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People’. Relevant research areas include frailty, transitions in care, service delivery and models of care, medicines management/polypharmacy, promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health and patient-centred decision making.’Brain Tumours’. This highlight notice indicates the continuing interest of NIHR in receiving research proposals in this area, and it encourages collaborative applications that demonstrate how they build on recent initiatives and investment in the area made by the NIHR, the MRC and other research fundersThemed Calls:‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’. Proposals are invited for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level. Issues of particular interest include proposals that utilise new digital health technologies or investigate their effects.
Deadline: 12 December 2018, 1.00pm. 
Call 18 will launch on 24 April 2019.
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NIHR Fellowships: Doctoral and Advanced Round One
The NIHR Academy is launching the 1st round of Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships as part of the newly restructured NIHR Fellowship Programme, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.
The Fellowships have been designed to support people at various points of their development to become leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training right through to senior post-doctoral research. Four different types of Fellowship are available:
• Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
• Doctoral Fellowship
• Advanced Fellowship
• Development and Skills Enhancement Award
The following broad Strategic Themes have been identified which represent key priority areas for the NIHR Academy:
• Social care
• Public health
• Mental health
• Health data science
As part of the new structure of NIHR Fellowships, the NIHR will be partnering with a number of charitable organisations to offer jointly funded fellowships from October 2018.
The application process for these fellowships is the same as for our standard Fellowships and successful applicants will become members of the NIHR Academy in the same way as successful applicants to our standard fellowships. This is in addition to any additional benefits that come from being funded by the partner charity.
The charities are:
• Diabetes UK
• Kidney Research UK
• Moorfields Eye Charity
• MS Society
• Muscular Dystrophy UK
• Pancreatic Cancer UK
• Parkinson’s UK
Deadline: Doctoral – Stage One 18 December 2018, 1.00pm; Advanced Fellowships – Stage One 4 December 2018, 1.00pm
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Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme
The Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS) offers researchers the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, prior to intervention implementation, for time-limited opportunities such as a natural experiment or similar evaluations of a new public health intervention.
The RFS has been set up to provide the public health research community with an accelerated route to funding for small-scale, short and time sensitive proposals that demonstrate a need for a rapid commissioning process to be followed. Funding will be offered, subject to appropriate scientific scrutiny, on the understanding that a full application to support completion of the evaluation will be forthcoming at an appropriate time point.
Proposals submitted to the RFS will be for:
•a value of £50,000 or less
•a duration of six months or less
•for based line data collection/ other feasibility work
•taking advantage of a time limited natural experiment opportunity
•aiming towards the submission of a full evaluation
If you would like your proposal to be considered for the RFS, please contact with a summary of your intended project of no more than one page of A4 in length describing both the proposed work and the reasons for the urgency, in particular, why this proposal could not be considered through the standard commissioning timelines such as the researcher-led work stream.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
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NIHR: Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
18/139 Improving the use of experience of care and support data in adult social care services for service improvement and evaluation
Deadline: 10 January 2019, 1.00pm 
NIHR: Health and Technology Assessment
18/132 Researcher-led evidence synthesis (including complex health and care needs in older people theme)18/133 Researcher-led primary research (including health and care needs in older people theme)Deadline: 16 January 2019, 1.00pm
NIHR: 18/173 Digital Technologies to Improve Health and Care
Due to the scope of this call we expect to receive applications which span the remit of more than one of the participating programmes (EME, HTA, HSDR and PHR) . To enable applicants to develop their research proposal without concern for individual programme remits, applications will be submitted to one cross programme team, rather than to individual programmes.
A call for empirical research studies to evaluate digital technologies to improve health outcomes, self-management of health or delivery of health and social care. Some examples of relevant technologies are highlighted in the summary, however, evaluation of any type of intervention with a clear digital component are included under the call. The purpose of this call is to evaluate the potential of developed digital technologies to bring benefit to health and social care – the development of digital interventions is outside of the remit of this call.
Deadline: 19 March 2019, 1pm
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Applications that span the remit of more than one of the participating programmes (EME, HTA, HSDR and PHR) are particularly welcomed. Please submit your application to the programme whose remit most closely matches the major part of your work.
A call for applied health research studies to increase the evidence base to support health and care services to help people at the end of their lives to live as well as possible and to die with dignity, compassion and comfort. The scope for research includes the impact on patients, families, carers, workforce, as well as an evaluation of the burden on and uncertainties within the health and social care system. We welcome research proposals for end of life care in any disease, service or setting, including hospitals, specialist centres and services, community services and care homes.
Deadline: 19 March 2019, 1pm
Click here for the 18/167 EME Programme
Click here for the 18/174 HS&DR Programme
Click here for 18/177 HTA Programme
Click here for the 18/179 PHR Programme.NIHR: Precision Medicine
A call for research proposals in the field of precision medicine for the prevention, treatment, monitoring and management of patients and their outcomes as well as the delivery and implementation of precision medicine in healthcare services. The call aims to support robustly designed studies with the potential to make a step-change in improving outcomes for patients, the public and health and social care services.
Deadline: 19 March 2019, 1pm
Click here for 18/168 EME Programme
Click here for 18/175 HS&DR Programme
Click here for 18/176 HTA Programme