Latest NIHR Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities are available from NIHR

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

Health Technology Assessment Programme

Invention for Innovation Programme

Health Technology Assessment Programme

For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.


Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

Latest funding opportunities from NIHR

Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Programme – Round 6
Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships (KMRF) are designed to support a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding about research use, influence and impact.

Policy Research Programme – Policy Research Units

Public Health Research Programme
17/91 – Researcher-led evidence synthesis
17/92 – Researcher-led standard (including complex health needs in older people)

Research for Patient Benefit Programme Competition 34 (including complex health needs in older people)


NIHR Latest Opportunities

NIHR Latest Opportunities

The following funding opportunities are available:

Department of Health

Antimicrobial Resistance in a Global Context

Health Services & Delivery Research Programme

17/51 Gender identity health services
17/52 Research on interventions to support service guideline implementation and the adoption of new models of care at scale
17/45 – Researcher-led evidence synthesis
17/49 – Researcher-led standard

Health Technology Assessment Programme

16/74 – Optimal treatment strategies for fistulising perianal Crohn’s disease
16/96 – Standardised diagnostic assessment tool as an adjunct to clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health services
16/97 – Antipsychotics for anorexia nervosa

Programme Development Grants

Competition 19

Programme Grants for Applied Research

Competition 24

Public Health Research Programme

17/53 – Changing drinking behaviours
17/54 – Digital interventions for sexual health promotion
17/55 – Promoting independence in older people

Policy Research Programme
Round 19:

1 – Evaluation of Supplementary Prescribing by Dietitians and Independent Prescribing by Therapeutic Radiographers
2 – Evaluation of the Transforming Care Programme

For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.


NIHR Fellowships Workshop – Coach Lane Campus – 30 June

NIHR Fellowships Workshop – Coach Lane Campus – 30 June

Come along and hear from a Chair of an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship panel about her experience of supporting and judging NIHR fellowships at all levels as well as a current NIHR Doctoral Fellow, and a local clinician who has just submitted a fellowship for the current round of Clinical Lecturer (post-doc).There will be plenty of time for questions.

The presentation will take place at Coach Lane Campus in room A 204: 11.00-12.30 on Friday 30 June.

There will be plenty of time for questions.

To register your place please contact Sam King.


NIHR – Study Support Service Route Map

The NIHR Study Support Service helps researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in the NHS in England. NIHR provide this service for all studies eligible for support, regardless of location, study type, study size, therapy or research area. Whether your study is medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, or bio-tech the NIHR Study Support Service can help.

The NIHR Study Support Service route map is a useful visual guide which includes easy to understand information on the following stages of an NHS research study:

  • Early contact and engagement
  • Early feedback
  • Site identification
  • Optimising planning
  • Effective study set-up
  • Performance monitoring

View the Study Support Service route map here





NIHR – Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme – Call and Webinars

To support academics in applying to either the researcher-led or commissioned workstream of the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme, NIHR are offering two webinars (12 and 16 January 2017). These will provide you with an outline of the programme, tips for a successful application and allow you the opportunity to ask questions of the team.

Researcher-led funding opportunities Proposals on topics or research questions identified by researchers, which are within the programme’s remit, can be submitted through our researcher-led workstream.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 14 March 2017. For more information about this funding opportunity, visit the NIHR website, or to discuss your application contact Commissioned workstream We currently have funding opportunities open in a variety of topic areas.

  • Epilepsy
  • Improving Safety and Efficacy Through Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Novel Interventions for Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Mechanisms of action of health interventions

Full details including guidance are available on the NIHR website. The deadline for applying is 1pm, 14 March 2017.

Proposed research areas The below topics are likely to be commissioned during the next year. Individual commissioning briefs will be published when the call opens and will define the call details.

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Interventions to Slow the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Intraoperative Imaging for Oncological Surgery
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies for Treating Psychological Disorders



NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme Event

Tuesday 1 November 2016 12.00 – 4.00pm at the Berrick Saul Building, University of York, a networking lunch will be provided.

I4i is a translational funding scheme that supports preclinical and clinical development of innovative medical technologies. I4i aims to ‘de-risk’ early stage projects with strong potential for commercialisation and use in the NHS and make them attractive to follow-on funders/investors.

This is an opportunity to hear from the Director of the i4i programme, Martin Hunt, exactly what makes a strong and fundable bid. Advisers from the Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber will also be available to give informal advice.

The event will cover:

  • An overview of the i4i programme
  • Practicalities of applying
  • What the funding panel look for in applications
  • Examples of successful and current i4i research
  • Researcher experience of applying for i4i
  • Role of the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) in supporting i4i applicants
  • Public involvement in research
  • Role of the RDS in supporting other NIHR and national peer reviewed funding streams

To book your place visit Eventbrite.



NIHR Programme Grants Advice

Notes from an Event held by the NE Research Design Service in June 2016 – NIHR Programme Grants

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds the Research Design Service (RDS) to provide design and methodological support to health and social care researchers across England to develop grant applications to the NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes.

Research Design Service work closely with the Clinical Research Network.

Paul Little – Director of Programme Grants

There used to be a £2 million cap on Programme Grants but not anymore. The guide is £500k per year for 4 years.

If you end with a feasibility trail you will only get £1 million, you should go for a full development programme is you possibly can.

Programme Grants are for development and interventions but can also be used for epidemiology.

It is good to have the Workpackages of your programme informing and linking into each other, this really adds value to your proposal.

At Stage 1 you need a logical model to be able to sell your idea to generalists and methodologists (statisticians, behavioural, clinical). At Stage 1 you can now get comments on the weaknesses which you can review and respond to and then amend your proposal to go to stage 2. There are 3 Stage 1 rounds per year.

At Stage 2 the Panel members are generalists but they can draw on specialists if they need to.

Tips on a successful application:

  • PIs need to have experience of making large grants work, however it is possible to have a more junior PI (who has maybe run a RfPB study or a trial) with a more experienced Co-I, as long as there is a genuine commitment to the project from the Co-I.
  • Key methodologists need to have a reasonable amount of time on the grant.
  • There would normally need to be input from the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU).
  • Need to think about what the strategic issues are for the NHS and what the gaps in evidence are.
  • Clearly state what it is you are going to do – have a logical model.
  • Explain your acronyms.
  • Get the PPI people to help you with a plain English summary.
  • Clearly address and deal with Board comments.
  • Need to have enough detail in the methods section.
  • For a feasibility study you need to clearly state what you are going to assess.
  • Clearly explain how your PPI are costed and what will be involved
  • Complex interventions often don’t work so you need to have a number of iterations before you go to trial.
  • Clearly state how this will lead to patient benefit.
  • Bear I mind that Free Standing Trails should be through the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) route and not the Programme Grants.
  • If you have an idea for a Programme Grant Paul encourages you to get in touch with a ‘pre-stage 1’ query which he will look at before you complete your Stage 1 application. Please send as much information as you can in a 2 page summary.

Additional Comments

Jenny Hewison – Panel Chair

If there is a bit that is essential to make a Programme Grant work then you can use a Programme Development Grant to try this out, prove it will work then apply for a Programme Grant. However the Programme Development Grant is not about coming up with Workpackages for the Programme Grant application. It is about looking at areas where you need to prove that an element will work before you launch into the full grant.

Non-health outcomes need to be well recognised/convincing for example smoking ceasation.

If someone is costed onto a project then they must have a genuine contribution to the project.

The Panel are looking for the argument of why and what you are doing and how you are going to deliver it.

Elaine McColl – Sub-Panel Member

There are usually 2 PPI representatives on the Panel so the PPI is important.

PPI is not just qualitative data collection from participants.

There should be a PPI lead for the project and your Plain English Summary needs PPI input as if this is not clear it rings bells as to your commitment to PPI in your study

PPI should be properly costed.

If it is important include it in the application, don’t just add details in the Appendices that are not included in the proposal.

Build on what you have already done; say how you are well positioned to take this forward.

NIHR are increasingly offering phased/staged funding so write your proposal with this in mind.

Additional Questions

The Project Management structure is important. You need a Programme Steering Committee with external members. You need a budget for this and it needs to be well thought through with specific arrangement for Clinical Trials.

Your proposal needs to demonstrate not just that the result will be better than what we do now but also that it is a more cost effective way of doing this.

Proposals should be problem driven, explaining why we need a better research base for what we do now.

Benefit to patients is interpreted by the Board as benefit to the public so they are interested in Public Health applications.

Details of Programme Grants are available on the NIHR website.


NIHR – Call for Board and Panel Members

NIHR research programme boards and panels select the most important research questions to commission, and make funding recommendations on project applications.

NIHR are looking for additional expertise for the boards or panels of the following

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
  • NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
  • NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

Applications close on 25 April 2016 at 1pm. Further details and information on how to apply are available on their opportunities webpage.

They also have opportunities on the Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Advisory Board. For these roles they welcome applications from senior public health decision makers, particularly those working for local authorities, charities, the third sector and health protection, from across the UK.   Applications close on 1 April 2016. Further details and information on how to apply are available on their PAB recruitment webpage.