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NIHR Public Involvement in Research Event

On Thursday 14th March 2019 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be hosting a collaborative event at The Pyramid, Warrington.

The theme of the event is “Public Involvement in Research in the North West – Creating Inclusive Research“.

The event is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of how considering health inequalities and diversity and inclusion in public involvement can help with their work.

The focus of the session will be on learning from case studies across the North West where diverse and inclusive approaches to patient and public involvement have been employed – also considering how to take health inequalities into account.

PPI is a hot topic at the moment with more and more funders expecting public involvement throughout your research projects. If you’d like to attend the event then please visit the Eventbrite page (here) to secure your place.

You can also visit the RDS NW website for more information.

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NIHR Public Health Research Funding Opportunities

NHS - research logo    NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) themed calls have been released.

The PHR programme funds research that evaluates public health interventions, providing new knowledge on the benefits, costs and the wider impact of non-NHS interventions.

Topic Deadline Commissioning brief Guidance notes Apply
14/53 Choice Architecture 30 November 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 30.95 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 551.86 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/126 Group-based parenting programmes for improving psychosocial health 30 November 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 27.92 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 551.86 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/127 Interventions for multiple health behaviour change 30 November 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 24.44 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 551.86 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/128 Pre-pregnancy health 30 November 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 41.9 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 551.86 KB)Link open in a new window Apply

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£1 million research funding for Behavioural Insights in Health Care

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  • Open call for original research on behavioural interventions in health care.
  • £1 million available to support a number of multidisciplinary research teams to generate new knowledge on how behavioural interventions can improve efficiency and reduce waste in health care services.
  • Each project will receive between £200,000 and £350,000 for research completed over two to three years.
  • Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 30 September 2015.

The programme also seeks to support research that generates a better understanding of how to scale-up and spread proven effective behavioural interventions and/or improves the knowledge about how to sustain longer-term impacts.

We plan to  support research-led teams that demonstrate strong collaborations between academics and researchers in psychology and behavioural economics, health care professionals, support-staff and managers, patients and those with design expertise to: understand the motivation to act efficiently, design appropriate new behavioural interventions, examine how interventions work and for whom, and provide lessons on spread in a UK health care services context.

More information on the programme aims and funding priorities are available in the Notes for Applicants.

How to apply

To submit a research proposal please email your completed application form to by midday Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Please email your RDM if you require any asisatnce.  

See more Here

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Horizon 2020 Health Events – Save the Date

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Health-NCP-Net 2.0 and Fit for Health 2.0 are jointly organising a partnering event for the next set of Horizon 2020 Health calls. The event will take place on 17 September in Brussels, and will allow health researchers and companies to discuss project ideas and identify potential partners. There will also be the opportunity to ask Commission officials for advice. Further details and information on how to register will be available from mid-July on the Fit for Health website.

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Manchester and health informatics: the answer to a ticking time bomb?

An event is taking place between 09.00-10.00 on Thursday, 5 March 2015 at The Boardroom, Manchester Growth Company, 1st Floor, Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EU.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Iain Buchan, director, Health e-research centre, Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research
  • Helen Wilding, Deputy Director of Business and Science Policy, New Economy

An increasing and ageing population coupled with reduced public sector spending are key challenges for Greater Manchester and indeed UK plc. The scale of the issue is immense with the conurbation facing a £1.1billion financial gap in health and social care funding over the next five years. Health informatics may be part of the solution. At this briefing Prof. Iain Buchan will explain what health informatics is and outline the cutting edge research being undertaken in Manchester at the Health e-research centre of the national Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research, to harness health data for patient and public benefit.

Please note that the briefing will begin at 09.00; light refreshments will be available from 08.45.

This briefing is free to attend but places are limited.  To book a place e-mail

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Highlight notice: public health research programme – domestic violence and abuse


The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research invites applications for its public health research programme researcher-led workstream – domestic violence and abuse. This supports research evaluating interventions, particularly for the prevention or management of domestic violence, outside of healthcare, where the primary outcome measure is health related.

Further details on the call’s remit and how to apply can be asssessed here

Deadline for applications 1pm on the 4th August 2014