PHR: Health and Wellbeing for Older Employees in the Workplace

This call, issued under the Public Health Research Programme’s commissioned funding stream, seeks proposals for research to determine which interventions are effective in promoting health and wellbeing among older employees in the workplace.
Fund Information
Funding body:National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Maximum value:Discretionary
Application deadline:01/08/2017
Eligibility Criteria

Applications are welcome from any UK-based researcher who considers themselves able to carry out high quality medical research. Concerns regarding eligibility should be discussed with the NIHR at an early stage.

Successful proposals are likely to be multi-disciplinary, and draw on varying areas of expertise. For instance, proposals involving randomised control trials should solicit the input of an experienced trials unit. A commitment to team working is also encouraged, and applicants may wish to consider collaborative applications between several institutions.


The PHR Programme does not support:

  • Research for which there is not a strong and well demonstrated case for importance to public health.
  • Intervention and other non-research costs.
  • The testing of new health technologies or diagnostic techniques – these may fall within the remit of the HTA Programme.
  • Proposals which are solely or mainly surveys, audits or needs assessments.
  • PhD studentships.
Terms and Conditions

Proposals are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality:
    • Will the study improve understanding of the topic area?
    • Will the study make a substantial advance in scientific understanding/knowledge?
  • Feasibility:
    • Evidence of the necessary blend of skills, research experience, project management processes and infrastructure.
    • Explanation of the proposed number of participants, and demonstration of ability to recruit this number.
    • Consideration of social, ethical and legal implications of the proposed work.
  • Reasonable costs and value for money.
Application Procedure

Outline applications must be made via the NETSCC Management Information System (MIS) by the deadline of 1 August 2017.

A full description of the application process beyond the outline stage is available via the NIHR website.

The NIHR Research Design Service and Clinical Trials Unit can assist with designing and developing research proposals.

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