Funding opportunities
  Funding for research  

There are many sources of funding opportunities for applied health research including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Research Councils and major charities.

We work with people developing grant applications mainly on NIHR funding programmes. To find out more about the different NIHR funding programmes, simply click on the diagram below.

Our Project Review Committee provides an excellent opportunity for researchers to obtain a critical review of a proposed grant application before this is sent to a funding body.

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Development Grants (PDG) Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Policy Research Programme (PRP) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Invention for Innovation (i4i) Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Health Innovation Challenge Fund Systematic Reviews (SR) NIHR Funding Schemes

NIHR funding deadlines
NIHR funding for research deadlines
NIHR funding news
NIHR funding news

Types of research funded by the NIHR research programmes
  Calls/Competitions, funding amounts and periods  
*Subject to change. **Applicants must fully justify all costs. ***From December 2013 (Competition 16 onwards), period of funding depends on nature of proposed work and there will be no funding limit but funding above £2.5m will be unusual. †Feasibility studies are not expected to be costed for more than £250k.
  Plain English summaries in NIHR funded research  

Applicants for both research programmes and researcher-led career development awards are required to provide a good quality, plain English summary about their research in their application.

The NIHR is committed to making sure the research is easy to understand by those who may not be familiar with scientific vocabulary or medical jargon. This summary will be assessed as part of the review process and, if found not to be of a good quality, applicants might be asked to improve it as a condition of funding. Further information is available on NIHR's 'make it clear' web page.

Contact us for further support and advice on writing a plain English summary.

  NIHR Themed Calls  

Themed research calls are issued by the NIHR to meet an identified health challenge or government priority. Calls for funding will be promoted in advance whenever possible and clearly advertised on NIHR websites.

All research programmes, including NIHR fellowships, will participate in the themed call as far as their remit allows.

Further details about the current themed calls can be found on the NIHR themed calls website.

  Funding for training and career development  

The NIHR provides career development and support with the aims of creating the next generation of researchers and improving the quality of leadership in health and social care research. These aims are achieved through the provision of a comprehensive range of research training and career development programmes and a leadership support programme.

Research training programmes

The awards that make up NIHR’s training programmes range from undergraduate level through to opportunities for established investigators and research leaders. Research conducted as part of the award must be relevant to the health service and is expected to produce an outcome that will benefit patients and/or the public within five years of completion. The training programmes are aimed at a range of professions and
designed to suit different working arrangements and career pathways and can be researcher or institution-led. Find out more.

Fellowships Programme

The NIHR Fellowships are open to all professions and offer five levels of fellowship. The awards cover the salary costs, research costs, and training and development costs of the trainee. The following fellowships are available on an annual basis:

  • Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) funding
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship (post-doctoral experience < three years)
  • Career Development Fellowship (post-doctoral experience < seven/eight years)
  • Senior Research Fellowship (independent researchers)
  • Transitional Research Fellowship (post-doctoral experience < five years)

Calls/Competitions Researcher-led
Application process Shortlist and interview
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