A. Programme Grants
Programme Grants for Applied Research are prestigious awards of up to £2m over a period of three to five years.
The aim is to provide evidence to improve health outcomes in England through promotion of health, prevention of ill health, and optimal disease management (including safety and quality), with particular emphasis on conditions causing significant disease burden, where other research funders may not be focused, or there is insufficient funding available
B. Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
The HTA programme produces independent research about the effectiveness of different healthcare treatments and tests for those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS.
There is no limit to the amount of funds that can be applied for. The HTA programme funds on the basis of the scientific merit of the proposal and the team put together to carry out the study but it must demonstrate value for money to the NHS. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects.
C. Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
This programme is intended to support research which is related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff and is capable of showing a demonstrable impact on the health or health care of users of the service.
Grants are funded to a maximum of £250,000 and can be up to 36 months in duration.
D. Invention for innovation (i4i)
This funding aims to improve the speed with which inventions can be turned into new products that health services require. i4i funding consists of four streams depending on the development stage where costs vary between £100,000 to £300,000 and funding varies from between 50% to 100%.
E. Policy Research Programme (PRP)
The Policy Research Programme (PRP) is a national programme of research dedicated to providing an evidence base for policy-making in the Department of Health.
F. Research for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity (RISC)
The aim is to fund new and radical ideas for health research that have potential for high impact but which are unlikely to fair well in traditional peer review processes. The RISC programme is complementary to RfPB programme as it provides a response mode funding stream for applications that are too speculative for RfPB.
A maximum grant of £200,000 will be awarded and projects can be up to 18 months in length.
G. NiHR Senior Investigators
This is actually an application to become a Senior Investigator of the NiHR. The most tangible benefit of being an NIHR Senior Investigator is membership of the NIHR College and the award of a £15,000 a year personal discretionary fund to support his or her research work.
In addition the Trust receives £75,000 per Investigator within their FSF funding from which the Trust passes on £50,000 to the Senior Investigator to be utilised on Research.
When applying for funds it is essential that NUH Finance and R&D departments provide input into the submissions to establish correct cost information and governance.
Guidelines on the NIHR and websites should be read before beginning the on-line submission.
Essentials for a successful submission are as follows: