NIHR funding programmes
The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funds a range of research programmes to produce evidence that enables professionals, policy makers and patients to make informed decisions about healthcare.
They advertise a variety of different types of calls for research through their nine funding programmes:
- commissioned calls that addresses specific topic areas
- researcher-led calls allow researchers to directly propose questions
- themed calls to meet an identified health challenge or government priority.
The application process can vary between programmes. For some programmes, a full application is required at the outset in a one-stage process. Other programmes have a two-stage process, where outline proposals are submitted initially and successful applicants are invited to complete a full application.
Current funding calls are advertised on the NIHR website where you can filter your search to identify the speciality or type of research that you are interested in.
NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) commissions social care research projects.
NIHR Academy Fellowship Programme support individuals on their trajectory to becoming future leaders in NIHR research. The research must be relevant to the NHS, focused on the current and future needs of patients and the public and expected to have an impact within five years of its completion. There are a large range of awards available at different levels and to suit different work arrangements, types of NHS staff and career paths.
Further information on the training awards available are on their website.