Created on Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018. Posted in Funding Tips
The health services and delivery programme is all about the organisation of care and effectiveness and cost effectiveness of different models of care. The goal is to produce evidence for service users, managers, commissioners and clinical leaders!
HS&DR has a budget of around £60million a year which is spread over a commissioned and researcher-led stream. The average duration is 24 months for £260K, using mainly mixed methods.
Key criteria for the commissioning board: durability and continued relevance (3-4 years’ time)
There is a high drop-out rate for projects! 20% fails to fall within either the programme or call remit. For those that are in remit 1 in 2 projects will get shortlisted and 1 in 2 of the shortlisted projects actually get funded. Once through remit a project has 25% chance of being funded.
Introduction is critical at outline! You need to state the justification for the project, why it needs doing and why now.
Team: make sure you state the expertise of your team explicitly in the application as the panel won’t ready CVs to establish if a team can deliver on the project.
Aims and objectives: ideally have 1 aim and a few objectives with each objective explicitly linked to a phase, study or method
Money: asking for too little is riskier than asking for too much! Cheap isn’t value for money, the right amount to deliver the project is!
Time: HS&DR projects are monitored at 6 monthly intervals so think about how this will fit in with your project stages.
Public involvement: It is really important that you consult the evidence users right from the process of setting the research question through to conducting the research itself to mobilising the knowledge from that research. Sometimes projects are too technical to attract public involvement during the work-phase, but it can be very well used in the dissemination side of your project.
Knowledge mobilisation: Think about how to mobilise the knowledge from your project, particularly consider it for the life time of the project rather than just an end of project activity. Consider the different target audiences and use creative means to get the information disseminated (ie beyond traditional journal and conference reporting).