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NIHR Policy Research Programme: New Commissioned Calls

  Tuesday, 14 Jun 2022 | Funding Deadline

The NIHR funds policy research to enable evidence informed policy making in health and social care. The NIHR Policy Research Programme is inviting proposals for the following calls:

  • Complete Care Community Programme: This project should provide evidence as to how the CCCP is being implemented across different sites nationally. This will include an initial assessment of impacts and outcomes.
  • Evaluation of RECONNECT services for adult prison leavers: This research is needed to better understand if the RECONNECT programme improves engagement with community-based healthcare services for prison leavers.
  • Translating Obesity Research into Policy, 2nd Wave: Open to researchers with existing NIHR funded research projects looking at issues relating to healthy weight, obesity, food systems, physical activity and health incentives to develop an additional work stream which provides learning for policymakers.
  • Evaluation of the Start for Life Programme: Improving outcomes in the 1,001 critical days: This package will be used to transform support for families in 75 upper tier local authorities in England during the crucial first 1,001 days, following the publication of the Government’s The Best Start for Life: Early Years Healthy Development Review in March 2021.
  • Research call on vaccine evaluation to inform policy and decision making for the national immunisation programme: This call is for clinical research, to inform key policy decisions on the national immunisation programme. It will provide evidence to inform the advice given to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) by the Joint Committee Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
  • Detecting abuse in residential settings for people with learning disability and/or autism: A single research project to support detecting abuse in residential care settings for people with a learning disability and/or autistic people.
  • Post Implementation Review of the Health and Care Act 2022: This is a significant opportunity to contribute to the evidence base on a high profile and important policy area of national policy.
  • Understanding the impact of alcohol calorie labelling on alcohol and calorie consumption: This research call aims to commission one project to consider the following questions: (1) Do intentions to consume alcohol change as a result of alcohol labelling? (2) Do stated preferences for alcohol products change as a result of alcohol labelling? (3) What is the modelled impact of changes to alcohol and calorie consumption on morbidity and mortality?
  • Evaluation of Government Health Incentives Scheme: A multi-disciplinary team of researchers to provide evidence informed advice to the design of the second phase of a Government Health Incentives Scheme; and to provide an independent evaluation of its implementation and effectiveness. Based on the findings of this evaluation, the team will support policymakers in the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) to shape future policy on health incentives.
  • Navigation of Trade Challenge at the World Trade Organisation for Public Health Policies: A single research project to look at the key factors which determine whether public health policies successfully navigate challenges at the World Trade Organisation’s Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT) committee.
  • Ethnic minority communities’ experience of accessing bereavement support services: The research will allow for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and the wider sector, to gain a better understanding of the challenges in place that prevent people from ethnic minority groups from accessing the bereavement support services they need, and therefore what changes need to be made or new interventions required to help address this.
  • Evaluation of the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund: This evaluation will support policymakers in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) shape policies on housing-related care and support, in the context of wider adult social care policy.
  • Health Protection Modelling: Provides a programme of modelling to address two key areas: (1) Dynamical disease and health economic modelling relating to the national vaccination programme. This will provide an alternative or ‘second’ opinion to and run parallel with, that provided by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA); (2) Modelling of other infectious diseases that lie outside the immunisation programme.
  • Working Age: Research on working age health to support Government policy around work, health and disability. Research projects will investigate the relationship between health and work, and generate knowledge about effective interventions.

Deadline for proposals: 14 June 2022