Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)



The RfPB Programme funds NHS research. The projects funded are for regionally derived applied research in health services and social care. The programme’s strong regional element is unique within the NIHR’s research programmes. Applicants need to demonstrate the regional benefits of the proposed research although studies with national benefit
will also be considered.

Members of the regional panels that assess the applications are drawn from local academic institutions and health organisations. Members of the public and service users from within the region are also appointed to the regional panels.

RfPB does not specify topics for research and encourages proposals for projects covering a wide range of health service issues and challenges. The programme funds a broad range of topics and research methodologies that increase the effectiveness of NHS services, provide
value for money and benefit patients. The programme also supports relevant feasibility studies to help reach the next step of a definitive trial.

All researchers in the NHS in England can apply, and joint applications with academic partners are encouraged.

Calls/Competitions Researcher-led
Application process Two-stage
Website Click here

For a list of NIHR funding deadlines
take a look at our funding deadlines page.


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