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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Upcoming deadlines

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) was established in 2006 and its mission is "to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public":

The NIHR directly funds research through a variety of different funding streams (grants), with calls for both investigator-led and commissioned research. Information on each grant type, deadlines and guidance on completing the forms are available from the NIHR website.

Please be aware that the application forms are complex, require a lot of detail not only about the research project, but about costs, intellectual property, patient and public involvement. You need to allow enough time to gather all this information during the development of the grant (about 4-12 months depending on the type of grant and the amount of time you and your co-applicants have available to write it). For advice on developing your application see: Preparing Your Funding Application.

The links below take you directly to the latest announcements about each of the grants listed (please note this is not an exhaustive list).

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

Programme Development Grant (PDG)

 Invention for Innovation (i4i)

Health Technology Assessments (HTA) Programme

Health Services & Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR):

Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

  • Jointly funded by the NIHR and Medical Research Council, to "evaluate new treatments, including therapeutics (small molecule and biologic), psychological interventions, public health, diagnostics and medical devices. Treatments or interventions intended to prevent disease are also included":
  • Deadlines and application forms (Researcher-led, commissioned and themed calls):
  • No funding limit

Public Health Research (PRC) Programme:

NIHR Fellowships:

Fund research training "in order to build a leading NHS Research Faculty, develop research careers, research leaders and collaborators". There are various schemes depending on which healthcare profession you belong to, and what stage of career you are at.

NIHR Grant Funding Deadlines