NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme

The NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Research for Patient Benefit Programme (RfPB) has the intention of supporting research that relates to the practice of health service staff and is concerned with having an impact on the improvement of care of NHS patients and other users of health and social care services in England.

Support is aimed at research projects that fall into the area of health service research and public health research, other areas however are not excluded from the programme.

The research projects should address:

  • The provision and use of NHS services.
  • The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions.
  • Resource utilisation of alternative means for healthcare delivery.
  • Innovations and developments.
  • Consideration of the feasibility of research requiring major award applications to other funders.
  • Develop and refine new interventions, scales or outcome measures.
  • Explore the potential for improving patient health and wellbeing through needs assessments, evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, methods development and exploratory studies.
  • The programme will fund projects costing up to £350,000 for up to three years.

Applications involving collaborations in social care and third sector providers of health and social care are encouraged.

The application process to this programme now involves two stages. In the first instance, outline applications are made via NIHR’s Research Management System. Proposals will be reviewed, and successful applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed application.

Deadline: 20th March 2019 at 1pm

If successful, applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by late July 2019 deadline.

Calls for Proposals