Research Design Service: West Midlands

NIHR Funding Streams

RSS  provides support to those preparing research proposals for submission to national, open, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.


Overview of NIHR’s researcher-led funding programmes:

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme supports research that is concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service and social care staff. Research proposals should have a clear trajectory towards benefiting the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS and social care services.

Deadlines: Research for Patient Benefit 


Research for Social Care (RfSC)

The NIHR Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is an annual competition specifically for social care proposals, run by NIHR's Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme.

The aim of the annual RfSC call is to fund topics and research methodologies that increase the effectiveness of social care services, provide value for money and benefit service users and carers.

Website: RfSC
Deadlines: Research for Social Care (RfSC)


Programme Development Grants (PDG)

NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) are designed to enable a research team to carry out targeted preparatory work to develop a competitive Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding application. They can also be used to further develop an existing or ongoing PGfAR-funded programme of research. 

Deadlines: Programme Development Grants


Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funds collaborative, multidisciplinary programmes of applied research to solve health and social care challenges.

Programme Development Grants (PDG) are available for researchers to carry out targeted preparatory work to strengthen a future full PGfAR application and to enhance the outcomes of existing PGfAR awards.

DeadlinesProgramme Grants for Applied Research 


Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness, and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests, for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS, and social care services.

DeadlinesHealth Technology Assessment 
Video: What makes a successful HTA application? : how to get funded and tips for success


Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme funds ambitious studies evaluating interventions with potential to make a 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 diseases and treatments. EME is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the NIHR.

DeadlinesEfficacy and Mechanism Evaluation 
Video: How to develop an EME funding application


Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services.

Deadlines: Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme


Public Health Research (PHR)

The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions, intended to improve the health of the public, and reduce inequalities in health.

DeadlinesPublic Health Research 


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Evidence Synthesis

The Evidence Synthesis Programme identifies, evaluates, combines and summarises information from a range of sources to provide decision makers with the best possible information about the effects of tests, treatments and other interventions used in health and social care.

WebsiteEvidence Synthesis
DeadlinesEvidence Synthesis

Video: Systematic Reviews


Policy Research Programme (PRP)

The NIHR funds policy research to enable evidence informed policy making in health and social care.

DeadlinesPolicy Research Programme 


Invention for Innovation (i4i)

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme supports the preclinical and clinical development of medical technologies in areas of existing or emerging patient need.

DeadlinesInvention for Innovation 


Global Health Research

The NIHR Global Health Research Portfolio uses UK aid to fund high quality applied health research and training in areas of unmet need.

Our research is for the direct and primary benefit of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Website: GHR
Deadlines: Global Health Research