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HTA Programme announce better feedback to their applicants

  Created on Monday, 11 Feb 2019. Posted in Funding

In Hywel Williams, HTA director's message this month he addresses the calls for clearer, informative feedback from the panel.

He pleges to make a concerted effort to provide better feedback especially to declined applications and to ensure that these are clearly written. Guidance has been given to panel members drafting feedback letter covering the 'would you understand it' and would it be helpful to you' points.

However it must be noted that applications often fail to convince the funding committee enough in many areas, but due to time constraints the panel will only communicate those areas where the application fell down. Challenges and rebuttles to the feedback can't be considered once the competitive funding panel has finished their deliberations.

New scheme for bringing consultants back into research

  Created on Monday, 04 Feb 2019. Posted in Funding

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and NIHR have launched a scheme offering full-time NHS consultants, who are research-qualified but not active, the opportunity to participate in high-quality, collaborative, research partnerships. The Clinical Academic Research Partnership (CARP) scheme will enable clinicians to contribute to research programmes as part-time co-investigators.

Partnership Fellowships

  Created on Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018. Posted in Funding

The NIHR Academy is partnering with seven of the UK's leading medical charities for the first time, offering jointly funded Partnership Fellowships, at both Doctoral and Advanced (post-doctoral) level.

  • Diabetes UK
  • Kidney Research UK
  • Moorfields Eye Charity
  • MS Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy UK
  • Pancreatic Cancer UK
  • Parkinson's UK.

The Partnership Fellowships are now open.

NIHR Academy: 6 new 'incubators' announced

  Created on Thursday, 01 Nov 2018. Posted in Funding

The new NIHR Academy will work to attract professional groups where research capacity is low, including nurses, pharmacists and social scientists, and to break down barriers to career progression, especially for women. It will build capacity in under-represented sectors such as primary care, public health and social care, and upskill the research workforce in disciplines such as bioinformatics and data science.

To that end the Academy has announced six new ‘incubators’ to build research capacity in

  • primary care
  • health
  • social care
  • health data science
  • nursing
  • emergency care

NIHR announces £30 million of new funding to support mental health research worldwide

  Created on Friday, 12 Oct 2018. Posted in Funding

The NIHR has announced up to £30 million of new funding to support research into mental health in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2020, mental health conditions will account for 15% of cases of disease in the world.

The new funding call, by NIHR’s Global Health Research Programme, will award Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding for mental health research to researchers in the UK and low- and middle-income countries working in partnership.

NIHR announces

  Created on Thursday, 19 Jul 2018. Posted in Funding

  • NIHR announces £150m investment in applied health research
    to tackle the key issues facing our healthcare system, including the pressures of an ageing population and the increasing demands on the NHS.
  • £65 million new NIHR investment in research to inform government decision-making
    13 NIHR Policy Research Units will undertake research to inform decision-making by government and arms-length bodies, ensuring that they have the best possible information and evidence available when making policy decisions about health and social care.
  • NIHR to launch senior nurse and midwife research programme 
    to create research champions to drive improvements in future care. The project will allow senior nurses and midwives to dedicate two days a week to fostering a culture of innovation, furthering implementation of science activities and informing research priorities within their organisations. They will champion research collaborations and interdisciplinary sharing of research knowledge and skills throughout their profession.
  • NIHR awards further funding to boost Global Health Research
    in key areas of unmet need where a targeted investment can result in a transformative impact.

The story of RfPB

  Created on Thursday, 08 Mar 2018. Posted in Funding

The Story of RfPB is a showcase of some of the research that has been funded over the years demonstratrating the diversity of funding for this stream.

The Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme launched its first call in July 2006 with the aim of funding research projects in health and social care to improve, expand and strengthen the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS.

To date the RfPB Programme has provided a platform for research success nationwide, enabling teams to answer the questions that matter at the frontline of health and social care.

On the NIHR website researchers can click on the puzzle pieces to find out more about the different areas.

New pre-doctoral clinical fellowships

  Created on Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018. Posted in Funding

This award is being based on the in-practice fellowships which have been available for GPs for a long time. Below are a few pointers from TCC about the awards.

What will a good applicant look like?

  • The experience of candidates applying for this award is likely to vary but will broadly fall into three groups:
    • Some will need to undertake an entire formal Master’s degree
    • Some will need a little formal training (e.g. modules)
    • Some may wish to do short courses but will mainly need time to work up a PhD proposal
  • The key thing is that these applicants will need to demonstrate that what they are doing will make them competitive for an NIHR fellowship in the future

What will the application process involve?

  • This is a one stage process – there will be no interview
  • The applicant will need references from people that know them in a research capacity (as they won’t have much experience ‘on paper’). This is completely different from other NIHR schemes.
  • The forms will need sign off from a university head of department & sign off from the clinical employers to demonstrate they will support them at 0.5 FTE (or equivalent)
  • The bulk of the form will be about training and development (personalised to make them competitive). I.e. there will probably be no research plan as NIHR will not cover research costs (although some though of future research would be good idea).
  • The applicant will need to have an academic supervisor and a clinical academic mentor

To find out more about these pre-doctoral clinical fellowships watch the webnar and consult the NIHR website


A review of progress and contributions to innovation in healthcare technologies

  Created on Monday, 11 Dec 2017. Posted in Funding

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme supports the development of innovative medical technologies for patient benefit. Medical technology innovators apply for funding for one to three years through a peer review-based process that includes presentation to a selection panel. Since its inception the product development stream has identified and supported 170 projects, led by 146 principal investigators. RAND Europe evaluated the programme, with the aim of identifying its outputs and impacts and examining the factors influencing performance. The evaluation findings should help inform the future of the programme.

Pre-call announcement: ESRC-NIHR dementia research initiative 2018 – prevention, interventions and care delivery

  Created on Monday, 27 Nov 2017. Posted in News Items | Funding

In 2012, NIHR and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) collaborated to fund a £20 million social science dementia research initiative.  Building on the success of the first initiative, NIHR and ESRC will soon announce a new initiative, making up to £16.5 million available for social science research in dementia prevention, interventions and care delivery.

The intention of the initiative is to fund large grants which will be national or international focal points for social science research in dementia.  Applications are expected to be between £2 million and £5 million (100% full economic cost) for a duration of three to five years, and must start in January 2019.

It is expected that proposals will be invited in the following areas:

  • Prevention based on an understanding of socio-economic and environmental risk or protective factors and how best to effect changes in behaviour in order to lessen the risk of developing dementia.
  • Social interventions to slow cognitive decline and promote social inclusion, carer involvement, carer support and quality of life in dementia, underpinning cost effective care models tailored for the population in need.
  • Delivery of interventions looking across care settings, care givers and care providers to deliver the right set of care arrangements in the most appropriate place at the right time.