The RDS supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research – with particular focus on NIHR Research Programmes.

The NIHR’s main priority is to make sure that funding for research is focused where it is needed and provides quality outputs and value for money through a totally transparent and accountable system.

To ensure that your research project is submitted to the most appropriate funding stream, it is important to be aware of the eligibility and scope criteria of each stream.

The RDS can help you identify an appropriate funding programme and also provide advice on how to prepare your application.

NIHR FUNDING PROGRAMMES Programme Development Grants Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme Grants for Applied Research Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Public Health Research (PHR)


To learn more about each of the programmes and how to apply, please access the NIHR website or just click on the buttons in the diagram above to link directly to information about each programme.


NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre

NIHR research training fellowships support the development of outstanding individuals to become the health research leaders of the future.

Four levels of NIHR Fellowship award are available – click HERE to find out more.

The TCC have produced a career pathways document.




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