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.

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NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) funding streams

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NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) streams

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  • 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