Research Design Service: East Midlands
National Institute for Health Research

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Aim: To support applied health and social care research for the benefit of users of the NHS.

Funding: There are 3 levels of funding.

  • Awards of up to £350,000 over a period of up to 36 months.
  • Awards for feasibility studies up to £250,000.
  • Awards of up to £150,000 for higher risk projects.

Process: Two-stage process (shortened application form for Stage 1) to one of the 10 regional funding panels. The process takes about 10 months.
To help with the application, a word version of the standard application form stage 1 and stage 2 has been developed and the national RDS has produced an excel document for the finances.

Criteria: Applications will be judged on the following:

  • a sound and appropriate research design
  • a strong likelihood that tangible benefits for NHS patients and other users of health and social care services will be realisable in the short to medium term (within 3-5 years)
  • a team with the right mix of skills and experience for the research question
  • evidence of relevance to patients or the public.

Please note that the RfPB will not fund pilot studies (guidance on feasibility versus pilot study).

Website: RfPB