Aim: To provide evidence to improve health outcomes, through:
promotion of health
prevention of ill health
optimal disease management.
Funding: Funding is not fixed (the average award is £2.5 million). Funding amount and duration depend on the scale and nature of the proposed research.
Process: Two-stage process. Applicants are given the opportunity to respond to peer reviewers' comments in stage 2 before the main selection panel makes its final funding recommendations. The whole process takes about 10 months.
Criteria: Applications will be judged on the following:
track-record of applicants (breadth and depth of expertise on the team (multidisciplinary), suitability of lead applicant)
relevance of the proposed research to priorities and needs of the NHS
likelihood of significant benefit to NHS and patients within 3-5 years of the end of the funding period
quality of the proposal (realistic timeframe; appropriate, valid, robust and feasible methods)