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Research Programme Grants

A research programme grant is a large, long term (over a period of a number of years) multi-million funding grant. Research programme grants are a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to a group of related projects, which may address an interrelated set of questions across a broader area of research. Programme grants are aimed at producing evidence that enables researchers to turn new interventions into better care and enable policy makes, patients and professionals to make more informed decisions about healthcare.

When applying for a research programme grant, the Principle Investigator should have a substantial record of successfully securing research funding and delivering high quality research.

There are a range of different research programme grants offered throughout each year by the  National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Wellcome.

For details of eligibility, duration and costs included, please click on the relevant programme.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Research and Innovation have a dedicated team to assist with research funding applications. For further information about where to begin with the funding, application process, and study set up please contact us.

National Institute for Health Research

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme 

The EME Programme looks to attract studies with novel methodological designs that deliver results more efficiently, reduce the study timeline, and maximise the knowledge gained. The translational research it supports covers a wide range of new and repurposed interventions, such as diagnostic or prognostic tests and decision-making tools, therapeutics or psychological treatments, medical devices, and public health initiatives delivered in the NHS.

The EME programme is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the NIHR.

19/99 Mechanisms of action of health interventions ~ Commissioned

Key information

Two stage process? - Fast track stage one to stage two

Stage 2 - Now open

Stage 2 closing date - 05th March 2020

Open/Closed - Open

 

19/136 Evaluating interventions for the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 28th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 16th April 2020

Open/Closed - Open 

Outcome - TBC

 

19/137 Bipolar disorder

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 28th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 16th April 2020

Open/Closed - Open 

Outcome - TBC

 

19/138 Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme Researcher-led

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 28th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 16th April 2020

Open/Closed - Open 

Outcome - TBC

 

19/139 Mitigation of the adverse effects of health and social care interventions

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 28th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 16th April 2020

Open/Closed - Open 

Outcome - TBC

 

Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) 

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme funds research to produce evidence to impact on the quality, accessibility and organisation of health and social care services. This includes evaluations of how the NHS  and social care might improve delivery of services. The HS&DR Programme supports a range of types of research including evidence synthesis and primary research, including large scale studies of national importance.

 

19/118 Non-medical workforce in urgent and emergency care settings

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 03rd October 2019

Closing date stage one - 16th January 2020

Open/Closed - Open

Closing date Stage 2  - TBC

Outcome - TBC

 

Standard researcher led

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 05th September 2019

Closing date stage one - 09th January 2020

Open/Closed - Open

Closing date Stage 2  - TBC

Outcome - TBC

19/117 Adult Social Care Partnership

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 03rd October 2019

Closing date stage one - 16th January 2020

Open/Closed - Open

Closing date Stage 2  - TBC

Outcome - TBC

 

 

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) 

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard intervention to see which works best. Research can evaluate any intervention used in the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of disease, provided the study outcomes lead to findings that have the potential to be of direct benefit to NHS patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies.

19/120 Relapsing polymyalgia rheumatica

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

19/121 The clinical and cost effectiveness of pulse oximetry screening for hypoxaemia in newborn babies

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/122 A cross-sectional study and modelled evaluation of the performance of bowel cancer screening in England

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/123 Oxybutynin for the treatment of vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/124 Effectiveness of meniscal allograft transplantation

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/125 Cardiac rehabilitation for stable angina

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/126 Suspending proton pump inhibitors to reduce Clostridium difficile infection

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/127 Surgery for endometrioma in women undergoing IVF

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/128 Administration routes of steroids in the first-line treatment of idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/129 Lumbar fusion for low back pain

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/130 Bipolar disorder

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/131 Short-term use of benzodiazepines for the acute management of acute low back pain

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 01st April 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/132 A clinical prediction rule for post-operative atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing cardiac surgery

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 04th November 2019

Closing date for outline application - 29th January 2020

Open/Closed - Opening soon

Outcome - TBC

 

19/72 Pain relief strategies for dressing change in chronic wounds Commissioned

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 19th July 2019

Closing date stage one - 22nd January 2020

Open/Closed - Open

Closing date Stage 2  - March/ April 2020

Outcome - July 2020

 

Invention for Innovation (i4i) 

The aim of the i4i programme is to de-risk early stage projects that have a strong potential for commercialisation and acceptance for use in the NHS, making them attractive to follow-on funders. i4i funds research that has demonstrated proof-of-principle and has a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation.

Product Development Awards (PDA) ~  Researcher Led

Key information

Call 19

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 30th October 2019

Closing date stage one - CLOSED

Open/Closed - CLOSED

Closing date Stage 2  - 12th February 2020

Outcome - TBC

Call 20

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - 22nd April 2020

Closing date stage one - 03rd June 2020

Open/Closed - Closed (opening 2020)

Closing date Stage 2  - 29th July 2020

Outcome - TBC

Programme Development Grants (PDG) 

NIHR Programme Development Grants (PDG) are available to carry out targeted preparatory work to strengthen a future full Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding award. 

Competition 26

Key information

Two stage process? - No

Stage 1 – 18th December 2019

Open/Closed -  Open 

Outcome - TBC

 

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

The aim of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) is to deliver research findings that will lead to clear and identifiable patient benefits, typically through promotion of health, prevention of ill health, and optimal disease management (including safety and quality).

PGfAR is researcher led and does not specify topics for research. However, the research must be in an area of priority or need for the NHS and the social care sector of the Department of Health and Social Care, with particular emphasis on areas that cause significant burden, where other research funders may not be focused, or where insufficient funding is available.

Cystic Fibrosis ~ Researcher Led

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Please complete a pre-submission enquiry form here

Launch date Stage 1 – Opening soon December 2019.

Closing date Stage 1 - TBC

Stage 2 – TBC

Open/Closed -  Opening soon, December 2019.

Outcome - TBC

Policy Research Programme (PRP)

The Policy Research Programme (PRP) commissions policy research to support the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Ministers, and Senior Officials in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and its Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs). The PRP funds policy research in three main ways:

Large-scale initiatives comprising linked groups of studies, or single projects, through the Policy Research Programme (PRP)

Long term programmes of research in Policy Research Units (PRUs), based at leading academic institutions

Responsive literature or scoping reviews, through the Reviews Facility and the Call-off Analytical Facility

Health Inequalities Research Initiative: Call 3

Key information:

Two stage process? No

Launch date: September 2019

Closing date: 14th January 2020

 

Medical Research Council

Tackling multimorbidity at scale: Understanding disease clusters, determinants & biological pathways

This is a collaboration between MRC and NIHR and there is a two-stream competition to support work to build collaborations, obtain preliminary data and/or validate approaches via Consolidator grants before progressing to a full Research Collaborative award stage or go directly to a Research Collaborative award. 

For details of the two streams, please see the website.

Key information:

Open to: Academic groups with a track record of research activity.

Two stage process? - Consolidator grant or straight to Research Collaborative award.

Closing date - 11th February 2020.

Closing date stage 2 - TBC

Outcome: TBC

Open/Closed - Open.

MRC Programme Grant

Programme grants provide larger, longer term (five years) and renewable programme funding. They aim to help the medical science community to ‘think bigger’. A programme is defined as a coordinated and coherent group of related projects, which may be developed to address an interrelated set of questions across a broad scientific area.

The expectation is that not all the questions will necessarily be answered within the tenure of the award. Parts of the programme may well be a continuation of current activity; however, other elements should be innovative and ambitious.

Key information

Open to: Academic groups with a track record of research activity.

Two stage process? - No, however please note the pre-application stage.

Pre-application stage: Applicants interested in submitting a partnership grant must contact the appropriate MRC programme manager and provide a brief abstract of the partnership grant to help them consider fit to the scheme. This initial contact with the MRC programme manager should take place a minimum of six weeks before the relevant submission deadline.

Full application closing date - Depending on the remit of the science, Programme grants should be submitted to one of the four research boards rounds: Infections & Immunity, Molecular & Cellular Medicine, Neurosciences & Mental Health, Population & Systems Medicine. Deadlines for the Boards can be found here: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/deadlines/

Outcome: Various, please see the funding call page for further details.

Open/Closed - Deadlines for the Boards can be found here: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/deadlines/

Partnership Grant

The partnership grant scheme is designed to support novel partnerships between diverse groupings of researchers. Funding will be provided to establish new, high-value collaborative activities/capabilities that should add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from the MRC and other funders. It is not designed to fund stand-alone, hypothesis-driven research projects, which may otherwise be eligible for MRC research or programme grant type funding.

Key information

Open to: Academic groups with a track record of research activity.

Two stage process? - No, however please note the pre-application stage.

Pre-application stage: Applicants interested in submitting a partnership grant must contact the appropriate MRC programme manager and provide a brief abstract of the partnership grant to help them consider fit to the scheme. This initial contact with the MRC programme manager should take place a minimum of six weeks before the relevant submission deadline.

Full application closing date - Depending on the remit of the science, Programme grants should be submitted to one of the four research boards rounds: Infections & Immunity, Molecular & Cellular Medicine, Neurosciences & Mental Health, Population & Systems Medicine. Deadlines for the Boards can be found here: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/deadlines/

Outcome: Various, please see the funding call page for further details.

Open/Closed - Deadlines for the Boards can be found here: https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/deadlines

MRC-NIHR Methodology Research Programme

MRP was established to inform research practice, policy and healthcare - improving efficiency throughout the biomedical and health-related research process:  Methodology research maximises benefits for researchers, patients and the general population; and ensures health research and policy are built on the best possible evidence. Applications to the programme are considered once per year.

Key information

Two stage process? - No.

Launch date - 08th May 2020

Closing date stage one - 17 June 2020

Open/Closed - Closed. Opening 2020

Wellcome

Collaborative Awards in Science

Funding teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

The Collaborative Awards in Science programme grant board consider applications three times per year.

Key information

Two stage process? - Yes

Launch date - open

Closing date stage one - 21 April 2020

Open/Closed - Open.

Closing date Stage 2  - 16 July 2020

Outcome - TBC

Investigator Awards in Science

You can apply for an Investigator Award if you're an independent researcher with a compelling research vision who wants to tackle the most important questions in your field.

These awards are also open to joint applications from two researchers whose complementary expertise is essential to deliver their shared vision.

Key information

Open to: Researchers throughout their independent careers, for example, you may be a newly appointed lecturer, a mid-career researcher or a senior researcher.

Two stage process? - No.

Closing date - CLOSED.

Shortlisting - January 2020.

Interviews -  31st March - 2nd April 2020.

Open/Closed - Open.

Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Investigator Awards enable humanities and social science researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most significant questions in human health.

Important information: In 2020, we're going to pause this scheme for one year to focus on two new calls. The last preliminary application deadline is 7 January 2020.

January 2020 round: This is the final round of Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science.

Key information

Open to: Researchers throughout their independent careers, for example, a newly appointed lecturer, a mid-career researcher or a senior researcher in the humanities or social sciences.

Two stage process? - Yes.

Preliminary application closing date: 07th January 2020.

Full application deadline: - 24th March 2020.

Shortlisting - May 2020. 

Interviews -  July 2020.

Open/Closed - Open.

Longitudinal Population Study Grants

These grants provide support for researchers who want to establish, maintain or enhance longitudinal population studies (LPS) for the benefit of the wider scientific community. Applications are considered once a year. 

Key information

Open to: Those who are established research leaders with a proven record of research activity.

Two stage process? - Yes.

Preliminary application closing date -  TBC.

Full application closing date - TBC. 

Interviews: TBC.

Open/Closed - Closed, anticipated to open early 2020.

Research Development Awards in Humanities, Social Science and Bioethics

This is a one off scheme.

These awards are for groups of researchers who want the time and resources to shape the direction of their future work. The development programmes will lay the foundation for research that takes risks and pushes academic boundaries.

Key information

Open to: Those who are established research leaders with a proven record of research activity.

Two stage process? - Yes.

Preliminary application closing date -  03rd March 2020.

Site visits: September/ October 2020.

Full application closing date - January 2021.

Shortlisting: March 2021.

Decision: April 2021.

Open/Closed - Closed, anticipated to launch soon! Late 2019.

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