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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 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:


Public Health Research Programme

Research for Patient Benefit Programme

NIHR Senior Investigators

Systematic Reviews Programme

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Latest Funding Opportunities from NIHR

There are currently a large number of Health Technology Assessment Programme opportunities available from the National Institute for Health Research, please use the links below to view more details:

19/69 Clinical and cost effectiveness of alternative catheter design at preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection

19/70 Cervical spine immobilisation following blunt trauma

19/71 OCT-angiography for the detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration

19/72 Pain relief strategies for dressing change in chronic wounds

19/73 The use of mucoactive agents for patients with acute respiratory failure in critical care

19/74 Neurostimulation for phantom limb pain

19/75 Stem cell transplant for adults with severe sickle cell disease

19/76 Antipsychotics for anorexia nervosa *Australian collaborations welcome*

19/77 Monitoring and follow-up for adults with hearing loss

19/78 Ambulatory oxygen therapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

19/79 Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

19/80 Posterior decompressive surgery with fixation for degenerative cervical myelopathy

19/81 Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy for postmenopausal women with breast cancer

19/82 Conservative management of odontoid fracture in the elderly: to immobilise or not?

19/83 Children and young people at risk of not being immunised

19/84 Surgical treatment for severe stable slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) in children

19/85 Anti-reflux medication to reduce stricture formation following oesophageal atresia repair

19/86 Thromboporophylaxis in pregnancy and after delivery

19/87 Night-time only bracing for scoliosis

19/88 Ablative and non-invasive therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma

If you’re interested in applying for any of these funding opportunities then please contact your Research Development Team.

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UK Prevention Research Partnership – New Funding Announced

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) has announced it will be launching a second call in early September for proposals for New Consortium and Network Awards.

Deadline: 14th November 2019, 4pm

Proposals in the following areas are anticipated, this is not exhaustive and they welcome proposals outside of these areas provided they compliment the current portfolio:

  • Preventing poor mental health and promoting mental wellbeing.
  • Reducing health inequalities (where this forms the primary focus of the application).
  • Social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing.
  • Food systems, unhealthy diets and obesity.
  • Developing interventions in specific ages including issues relating to ageing, and in occupational settings.
  • Fostering the use of evidence in decision making in local government.
  • Urban environment, including transport systems and air quality.
  • Using green and blue space for improving population health and preventing NCDs.
  • Using digital technologies and social media to deliver interventions, and exploiting large-scale datasets and linkage to routine datasets.

Applications which are successful at Outline Stage will receive up to £5k and have six-months to build linkages for the full applications.

Information and Networking Event

An information and networking event will be held to communicate the priorities, describe the application process and provide networking opportunities for researchers across different disciplines to explore collaboration opportunities.

Where: London

When: Tuesday 24th September

Register: Complete the attached document and send it to DEADLINE 25TH JULY.

For more details of this opportunity please visit the MRC website. If you’d like to apply then please contact your Research Development Team.