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NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (Chronic Pain theme)

Understanding, treating and managing pain is among the greatest challenges facing healthcare today and is a high priority for people with arthritis. Versus Arthritis are partnering with NIHR PGfAR on their cross-programme themed-call in The Management of Chronic Pain.

This funding scheme will support programmes made up interrelated group of projects focused on a coherent theme which requires multidisciplinary approaches, including clinical, health economics, statistics, qualitative and behavioural sciences to ensure that the research objectives are met. Proposals are sough that seek to address research questions in the following roadmap priority areas:

  • Interventions
  • Workplace
  • Services
  • Under-represented groups
  • Prevention

The amount of funding awarded and length of the funding period will depend on the nature of the proposed work, in particular whether or not the proposal includes a substantial powered trial.

  • Deadline: 27th November

For further details on the programme and how to apply please visit the NIHR website and contact your Research Development Team.


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NIHR Policy Research Programme Working Age Consultation Event Launch

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) wants to develop the evidence base for policy aimed at improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities, for people of working age. As employment is one of the key determinants of health, there is a particulate interest in evidence on the relationship between health and work.

The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility and the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) are running an event in London to inform a research specification for a future funding round and allow networking and potential collaborations for individuals from multidisciplinary backgrounds.

  • Date: Thursday 24th October
  • Location: London, tbc.
  • Registration: Free, via this form. Please complete this by 7th October.

The all-day event will include key speakers, a sandpit-style priority setting workshop, and networking. Attendance at this event is free and lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited so please use the expression of interest form to register your interest by 7th October. All spaces, and event information will be confirmed by the organisers after the deadline. This event is open to representatives from medical schools, business schools, charities, the NHS, local authorities, allied health professionals and the public.

If you have an interest in the field but are unable to attend you may wish to complete the Research Question Submission form that will contribute towards informing the debate and priority setting at the consultation event.

For further information on the event please visit the RDS website. You can also get in touch with the RDS via their email or telephone 020 8843 8027.


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UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) Second Call for Proposals: Consortium and Network Awards

The UKPRP Partners have agreed to commit over £50 million to support research into the primary prevention of NCDs. NCD’s acount for 89% of all deaths in the UK and result in large economic costs to health and social care systems and to the wider society. Under the first UKPRP funding round four consortia and four networks were awarded over £25 million to tackle major upstream determinants of NCDs – further details of these awards can be found here.

Funders now seek to complement the initial portfolio and welcome consortia and networks in the areas outlines below:

  • Preventing Poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing.
  • Reducing health inequalities (where this forms the primary focus of an application).
  • Using fiscal and economic interventions to prevent NCDs and reduce health inequalities.
  • Modifying other social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing,
  • Tackling food systems that perpetuate unhealthy diets and obesity.
  • Improving the urban environment, including transport systems and air quality.
  • Using green and blue spaces for improving population health and preventing NCDs.
  • Targeting specific life course stages or transitions.
  • Cross-cutting approaches.

If you are interested in this funding opportunity then please visit the MRC website for full details on eligibility, application requirements and further details on funding,


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Nuffield Health & Manchester Metropolitan Partnership Funding

Nuffield Health is the UK’s largest healthcare provider and has a formal partnership with Manchester Metropolitan. Following a successful first round of funding the joint Partnership Board now wish to commission a second round of RKE project exploring either:

  • Emotional wellbeing (any aspect).
  • Long-term health conditions (lifestyle).

All projects must meet the aims and objectives of one of Manchester Met’s RKE Centres and Nuffield Health Hallmarks:

  • Higher Quality – All proposals must lead to a higher quality service or procedure than is currently available for any given focus area.
  • Affordable – Any service or procedure developed as a consequence of research must be truly affordable to the end user outside of the research environment i.e. free at the point of delivery or no more than £1 per day.
  • Pioneering – All proposals must push boundaries and challenge the status quo.
  • Unique Position – Proposals must leverage the uniqueness of the partnership and its broader associations to deliver exceptional research.
  • Whole Systems Approach – Nuffield Health takes an holistic approach to healthcare and strongly encourage interdisciplinary proposals that cover multiple systems.

If you are interested in applying please view the attached form. Completed forms must be submitted to hpscpartnerships@mmu.ac.uk by no later than Monday 14th October, 5pm. Projects must not start earlier than 1st April 2020.


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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

The following new funding opportunities are now available:

Cross-Programme

Public Health Research Programme

Research for Patient Benefit Programme

NIHR Senior Investigators

Systematic Reviews Programme


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Pre-Announcement: ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge Research Director and Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has now announced its plans for delivering the Healthy Ageing Challenge, an investment of £98 million to enable businesses, including social enterprises, to develop and deliver products, services and business models that will be adopted at scale which support people as they age.

A Research Director is being sought who will provide strong, authoritative leadership on research for the Healthy Ageing Challenge. The role will involve leading and co-coordinating the successful research projects commissioned through the Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme (call due early 2020). The Research Director will be responsible for the coherence of research across the portfolio of activity and for maintaining awareness of the domain and emerging evidence.

The successful application will be expected to have an outstanding track record of leadership within the area of healthy ageing, and a broad understanding of the potential for different disciples within and across the social sciences and arts and humanities to contribute to this research area.

The call for a Research Director will be led by ESRC in collaboration with AHRC and is expected to open in August 2019 with applicants indicating their intention to submit in September 2019 for a full proposal in October 2019.


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NIHR-CRN Podcast- Research Ethics Committees

The National Institute for Health Research have a monthly podcast that is a useful tool to gain insight into research within NIHR.

A recent episode worth a listen to has Dr Hugh Davies talking about Research Ethics Committees. Dr Davies is an established Research Ethics committee chair and former ethics advisor for the Health Research Authority.

You can listen to the episode here and for more information on NHS Research Ethics Committees you can visit the dedication section of the HRA website.