Funding Calls

Health services and delivery research programme

The National Institute for Health Research invites outline proposals for its researcher-led call under the health services and delivery research programme. This supports research into the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the NHS, including evaluations of how the NHS might improve delivery of services. This workstream welcomes outline proposals on topics or research questions identified by researchers that will lead to improvements in health services and bring greatest benefit to the NHS and to patients. Large scale studies of national importance are of particular interest. Applicants may submit either a standard outline proposal or an evidence synthesis full proposal. The workstream has a continued interest in the following research areas:


•surgical and implantable devices;

•primary care interventions;

•very rare diseases;

•antimicrobial resistance;

•long-term conditions in children;

•applied research into mesothelioma;

•multimorbidities in older people;

•prevention and treatment of obesity.

Researchers from NHS organisations, universities and other organisations in the UK may apply. Applicants must demonstrate that the research team includes sufficient expertise, and successful projects are likely to involve a partnership working between academic teams and the service delivery sector.

Projects may vary in size and duration. NIHR will fund HEIs at a maximum of 80 per cent of full economic costs, except for equipment worth over £50,000, and non-HEIs at 100 per cent of full economic costs.

Call information