We provide specialist support for researchers seeking funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This is the main body which commissions and funds applied health and social care research in the UK.

For current funding deadlines, please see the NIHR Funding Deadlines Calendar hosted by RDS-SW.

NIHR funding is managed by:

Below is a brief overview of each programme. Click on the programme title to access the relevant website, with detailed information on eligibility and scope criteria.

Updated information booklet about NIHR’s research funding opportunities and career development opportunities for health and social care researchers.


NIHR funding streams


  • Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
    • Funds: leading applied health research groups to tackle high priority health issues.
    • Award available: up to £2m     Duration: 3 – 5 yrs
  • Programme Development Grants
    • Funds: preparatory research that will enable submission to a competitive Programme Grant application.
    • Award available: £20 – £100K     Duration: 6 – 18 mnths
  • Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
    • Funds: projects arising from daily health care practice which could make a clear contribution to patient benefit.
    • Award available: up to £350K as from Comp. 19     Duration: up to 36 months
  • Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards and Challenge Awards
    • Funds: research that turns innovative ideas into new products to meet the demands of a 21st century health service.
    • Award available: varies     Duration: up to 3 years
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
    • Funds: research that delivers information about the clinical and cost effectiveness of developments in healthcare technology, including drugs, devices, procedures, settings and screening.
    • Award available: varies     Duration: varies
  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
    • Funds: ‘science driven’ studies that evaluate the clinical efficacy of interventions in patients. Remit includes evaluations of new treatments, including therapeutics (small molecule and biologic), psychological interventions, public health, diagnostics and medical devices and treatments or interventions intended to prevent disease. Three commissioned and three researcher-led calls per year. EME also participates in NIHR-wide cross-programme themed calls.
    • Award available: varies     Duration: varies
  • Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
    • HS&DR Funds: research to produce rigorous and relevant evidence on the quality, access and organisation of health services.  This includes evaluations of how the NHS might improve the delivery of services.  The audience for this research is the public, service users, clinicians and managers.
    • Award available: average £260K     Duration: typically up to 5 years
  • Public Health Research (PHR)
    • Funds: research into the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of public health intervention to reduce inequalities
    • Award available: average £700K     Duration: typically up to 3 years
  • NIHR Training Awards (Trainees Co-ordinating Centre)
    • Makes training awards to researchers whose work focuses on people and patient-based applied health research.