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National funding

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

At UHBW we encourage all researchers to apply for NIHR funding where possible. The NIHR are the major funder of our research, and the funding also comes with additional "Research Capability Funding" that the Trust can use to re-invest in research (although not part of the grant itself).

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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

The applications forms are complex and 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 Developing and Designing your study SOP.

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

There are many charities that support research, and those that have a peer review system are members of AMRC, and eligible for adoption to the NIHR portfolio and hence NHS support funding.

For example, British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, Cancer Research UK plus AMRC charities funding research:

Commercial grants or Investigator Initiated Studies (IIS)

Commercial organisations often fund and sponsor their own research, but additionally will fund collaborative research, which is led by the NHS or university. These grants should be fully costed.  The costs must include full costs and overheads, but are not expected to include capacity building - the industry costing template should not be used. R&I can help to cost these. They are not generally eligible for support via the Research Design Service or Trials units, and therefore it is often difficult to find appropriate methodological expertise. Some of the grants are, however, eligible for the NIHR portfolio if awarded in competition. They often arise as a result of informal discussions between the investigator and company.