Funding Opportunities

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)

NIHR

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

Health Education England / NIHR Bridging Scheme
Are you a Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional, Pharmacist or Healthcare Scientist?
Could you be looking to undertake a PhD or a post-doctoral level fellowship?
Do you want to make a difference through undertaking high quality clinical research?
If so the HEE/NIHR ICA bridging scheme will be of interest to you.
Applications are now open for the Health Education England (North)/NIHR bridging scheme. This programme will support individuals who aspire to combine research and clinical practice and develop a clinical academic career.
Deadline: 5 July 2019, 5.00pm
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NIHR: Programme Development Grants – Competition 25
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 24 and 25.
– 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 24 and 25.
Deadline: 17 July 2019
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NIHR: 19/19 Public Health Research Programme: researcher-led
The NIHR programmes and research funding schemes have a highlight notice for brain tumours. For details of this NIHR-wide highlight notices, please see our themed calls page.
Please note that this researcher-led call is open to all relevant research areas, and does not just include this highlight notice. If you are responding to the highlight notice, please indicate this in the application form in Section 6, Question 1 ‘What is the problem being addressed?’
Deadline: 23 July 2019, 1.00pm
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NIHR: PHR Programme 19/57 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme
For this call, we wish to draw your attention to the following commissioning briefs that we have previously advertised. These represent enduring gaps in our portfolio that we would like to fill with high quality research.
In future, commissioned calls against which we have failed to fund sufficient research will remain open and highlighted on this page, in order to stimulate research activity in these areas of need. If you have ideas, we would like to hear from you and can offer early, informal feedback on your proposed research to advise on its fit with the call and the PHR Programme. Please email phr@nihr.ac.uk.
Commissioning briefs:

14/53 Choice architecture

14/54 Health improvement interventions for offender or ex-offenders

15/51 Health improvement for gay, bisexual, transgender and MSM 

15/54 Promoting healthy eating in minority ethnic groups

16/39 Mid-life and physical exercise

16/50 Sun exposure

16/124 Age-friendly environments

17/02 Health and wellbeing for older employees in the workplace

17/55 Promoting independence in older people

17/102 Household or community resources 

18/06 Enabling people to live well with dementia

18/72 Gang violence and gang related harms to health

Deadline: 23 July 2019, 1.00pm
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NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research – Competition 30
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.
The NIHR programmes currently have the following highlight notice and themed calls open:
Highlight Notice:
– 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 funders.
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.
– 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. PGfAR are delighted to be partnering with Versus Arthritis in this 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: 24 July 2019
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NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme – Competition 39
Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.
NIHR 2018/19 Themed Call in ‘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 38 and 39.
NIHR 2018/19 Themed Call in ‘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 38 and 39.
Deadline: 24 July 2019
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NIHR: Programme Grants for Applied Research
We’re delighted to be partnering with Versus Arthritis in this themed call to address its Pain Roadmap priorities in arthritis disease management and applied health research. Co-funding is available for appropriate studies for all competitions open in 2019 with potential for ongoing activity in 2020.
Through this partnership call for applications we are striving to fund proposals in three of the four Pain roadmap themes: Stratification, Management and Support and Prevention. Proposals are sought that seek to address research questions in the roadmap priorities noted below. Proposals are not limited to the exemplar issues within the priority areas.
• Interventions – Developing or testing new approaches to treating and managing musculoskeletal pain.
• Workplace – Development and testing of new and sustainable models of workplace interventions and practice to help people with musculoskeletal pain maintain healthy working lives.
• Services – Development of approaches to achieve a more responsive and effective support service for people with musculoskeletal pain.
• Under-represented groups – Research providing practical application of how to reach and engage these groups in the management of chronic pain.
• Prevention – Preventing the transition from acute to chronic pain; identifying and managing risk factors for developing chronic pain and how/when to intervene; exploring the organisation of public health and healthcare services to support prevention
Deadline: 24 July 2019
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NIHR 19/04 Community focused approaches that mobilise people as assets
The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.
Research Question(s)
• What are the effective* community focused approaches to maximising the potential of people as assets to improve health, wellbeing and health inequalities?
• What are the mechanisms underlying community focused approaches that enable implementation and ensure scalability and sustainability?
Deadline: 30 July 2019, 1pm
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NIHR 19/01 Improving health and wellbeing for people who are at risk of or exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.
Research Question(s):
• What interventions are effective* in reducing the impacts of ACEs across the life course?
• What impact do these interventions have on health, wellbeing and health inequalities?
Deadline: 30 July 2019, 1pm
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NIHR 19/03 Systems Approaches to Local Influences on Food* Choices and Diet*
The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.
Research Question(s)
1. How do food systems (including commercial) influence food consumption and what are their impacts on inequalities in health and diet?
2. How can local authorities influence food systems in their localities?
3. What are the impacts of structural or policy interventions that aim to increase the availability of healthier foods at a local level?
4. What are the impacts of changing the local advertising of foods high in saturated fat, salt and/or free sugars (HFSS) foods, or healthier foods such as fruits and vegetable, at a local level?
5. What are the effective** mechanisms, and impacts, of reducing the availability of foods high in saturated fat, salt and/or free sugars (HFSS) foods at a local level?
6. What are the impacts, including on inequalities in diet and health, of local campaigns encouraging healthy food choices through marketing or other means?
Deadline: 30 July 2019, 1pm
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NIHR: Global Health Policy and Systems Research Programme: Development Awards
This programme aims to support research in global health policy and systems research which is directly and primarily of benefit to people in low and middle-income countries. This will be driven by effective equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers, who together will:
• engage stakeholders
• identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems, and
• develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing
A series of three complementary research funding opportunities are planned. These have been informed by stakeholder engagement, including the development of a global HPSR community of interest.
Development Awards: to allow development of equitable partnerships between ODA-eligible LMIC researchers and UK institutions to: identify and engage relevant stakeholders (policy makers and LMIC communities); undertake a needs-assessment and identify local priorities for research, with the aim that Development Awards will support an application for future research funding.
Deadline: 31 July 2019
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NIHR: 19/21 Mechanisms of Action of Health Interventions
The EME Programme invites proposals for hypothesis driven research into the underlying mechanisms of action of clinical and public health interventions. Studies must utilise patients or samples from identifiable cohorts from current or completed NIHR-funded projects from the following programmes: i4i, EME (including the MRC/NIHR transferred portfolio), HS&DR, HTA, PHR, RfPB and PGfAR.
Proposals will be accepted across a wide range of interventions; including behavioural, pharmaceutical, psychological, surgical and public health interventions. The research should be hypothesis driven, relevant to the intervention and outcomes proposed by the original study and add significantly to the scientific understanding of the mechanisms of action of the intervention.
Deadline: 15 August 2019, 1.00pm
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NIHR: 19/24 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme – researcher-led
Applications are sought for research into interventions that are based or used by the NHS and its partners. This document provides the detailed call specification for applications to the EME researcher-led workstream.
Applications are expected to set out programmes of work which may contain distinct stages. It is expected that the early stages of the study will, if successful, lead onto a full evaluative clinical study or trial, which is in the remit of the EME Programme. This study must also be included and clearly specified within the application. Clinical trials embedded within the programme of work must be large enough to detect a meaningful effect.
Applications to this call may also include initial stages such as:
• The limited steps needed to progress the development of an intervention to a stage suitable for use in an accredited clinical service
• Prospective clinical work or retrospective research utilising existing big data or clinical samples to inform the main study
• Pilot or feasibility studies.
Deadline: 15 August 2019, 1.00pm
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NIHR: 19/49 Call for ambitious data-enabled trials, health services and public health research studies
The HTA, HS&DR and PHR programmes are interested in funding studies using innovative data-enabled designs to answer pressing knowledge gaps for health, public health and, or social care evidence users, NHS patients, people with lived experience and, or policymakers.
Applicants need to demonstrate first and foremost that the proposed work addresses an identified and important health-related research question which, if answered will make a difference to practice and health, improve the lives of populations or service users, and, or support evidence-informed decision-making. In their proposal applicants will need to demonstrate to the programmes that simply exploring how routine data can be used is not the primary purpose of a proposed piece of work.
The programmes are particularly interested in ambitious studies that use data-enabled approaches at scale. Applicants should note the programmes are also interested in proposals that include participants or populations who would not normally be engaged with research due to their location or socio-demographic characteristics; the programmes wish to contribute to addressing health inequalities through engagement in research and bring research to areas of the country of most patient or population need. However, the programmes are looking for scale first and foremost.
Deadline: 4 September 2019, 1.00pm
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Cross-programme

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

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme – an NIHR and MRC partnership

19/22 EME Tobacco Cessation, Control and Harm Reduction Interventions
19/23 Cannabis-based products for medicinal use

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
19/31 Gastrointestinal side effects in cancer immune checkpoint therapy
19/32 Behavioural intervention to treat anxiety in adults with autism and moderate to severe learning disabilities
19/33 Treating specific phobias in children with moderate to severe learning disabilities
19/34 Medication for ADHD in adults with a history of psychosis or bipolar disorder
19/35 Short-term use of benzodiazepines for the acute management of acute low back pain
19/36 Antioxidant supplements to slow AMD progression
19/37 Deep infiltrating endometriosis
19/38 Scanning confocal ophthalmoscopy for diabetic eye screening
19/39 Minimally invasive operative interventions for bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia
19/40 Needle and syringe exchange schemes and opiate substitution therapy in the UK
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
19/47 Themed Call: Cannabis-based products for medicinal use
19/53 Rivastigmine for psychotic symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease

Public Health Research Programme

19/19 – Public Health Research Programme: Researcher-led
19/20 Tobacco cessation, control and harm reduction interventions