Funding Information

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.

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

What it funds: Research that will deliver findings with practical application within 3-5 years of a programme’s end (typically though improved healthcare or better healthcare delivery).

Duration and funding: Period and level of funding depends on nature of proposed work, in particular whether a fully powered evaluative study is included. Funding above £2.5 million will be unusual.

Programme Development Grants

What it funds: Preparatory research that will enable submission to a competitive Programme Grant application.

Duration and funding: £20-£100K; 6-18 months

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

What it funds: NHS research. Projects funded are for regionally derived applied research in health services and social care.

Duration and funding: The funding available for individual projects is up to £350,000 for up to 36 months (Refer to programme guidance for further information on funding limits).

Invention for Innovation (i4i)

What it funds: Preclinical and clinical development of innovative medical technologies. The expected output is an advanced or clinically validated prototype medical device, technology or intervention.

Duration and funding: Up to 3 years; funding varies

Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

What it funds: Research that delivers information about the clinical and cost effectiveness of developments in healthcare technology, including drugs, devices, procedures, settings and screening.

Duration and funding vary.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)

What it funds: Ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make step-change in the promotion of health, treatment of disease and improvement of rehabilitation or long-term care. Within these studies, EME supports research in the mechanisms of disease and treatments.

Duration and funding vary.

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)

What it funds: Research to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health.

Duration and funding: Average £700K; Duration is 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.