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									                                 Summary of NIHR funding streams
                                                          V 1.0 07-06-07
Contents

1   Programmes .................................................................................................................... 1
  1.1    Programme Grants for Applied Research ..................................................................... 1
2   Projects ........................................................................................................................... 3
  2.1    Research for the Patient Benefit .................................................................................. 3
  2.2    Research for Innovation Speculation and Creativity (RISC) ............................................ 4
  2.3    New and Emerging Applications of Technology (NEAT) ................................................. 4
    2.3.1      Translation Research .......................................................................................... 4
    2.3.2      Feasibility Study projects ..................................................................................... 5
  2.4    HTA Clinical Trials ..................................................................................................... 5
  2.5    Health Technology Devices (HTD) ............................................................................... 5


1              Programmes

1.1        Programme Grants for Applied Research
http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk/site/callsproposals/programmegrants/default.cfm

Programme Grants for Applied Research are awards of up to £2m over a period of three to five years,
the aim of which will be 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
    Enable NHS trusts to tackle areas of high priority or need for health
    Provide some stability of funding to support the long-term development of top quality applied
     research groups working in the NHS
    Replace, in part, programmes of research currently supported by the Priorities and Needs (PNF)
     component of NHS R&D Support Funding for NHS Providers

A Programme Grant for Applied Research will support:

    Work whose emphasis is on delivering research findings that will have practical application for the
     benefit of patients. Benefit would typically be through improved health care or better health care
     delivery. The programmes will therefore be largely health services research and/or innovation (eg
     introduction of new technologies), where there is potential gain for patients within the relatively
     near future, ie "near market" research with application in the NHS within a 3-5 year time scale
    A number of high quality related projects, and associated infrastructure, which form a coherent
     theme in an area of priority or need for the NHS, and where added value is gained from the
     combination of the various strands of research
    NIHRll-balanced teams of leading researchers, from the NHS and academia working together,
     who can demonstrate an impressive track-record of achievement in applied health research
     (including innovation and, where appropriate, evidence synthesis and assembly for dissemination
     at national level), based on publications, previous research funding, and impact on NHS service
     provision
    Applied health research, and the programme’s infrastructure needs, including: health services
     research; public health research; behavioural research; economic evaluations; and modelling (eg
     decision analytic studies)




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
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    NIHR will use the Frascati definition of applied research ; ie that applied research is original
    investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge, which is directed primarily towards a
    specific practical aim or objective
   In order to ensure that the research is relevant, has practical application in the NHS, and has the
    maximum chance of uptake, NIHR expect one of the co-applicants on the grant application to be
    an NHS manager with direct or indirect responsibility for clinical service delivery
   Innovation, development and (as appropriate) evidence synthesis and assembly (eg Cochrane
    reviews). Programme grants for applied research will normally support a significant proportion of
    development work (typically expected to be at least 30% of the activity funded by the grant),
    defined as limited implementation of a service development in the NHS, together with a formal,
    integrated research evaluation
   Work which, within the period of grant funding, will either definitively show the value of a
    treatment, package of care or service improvement, enabling it to be implemented more widely
    within the NHS, as appropriate, or demonstrate justification for and feasibility of a larger scale
    evaluation
   Work which represents continuation of the own account elements of existing NHS R&D
    Programmes (funded previously by NHS Priorities & Needs R&D Funding). The prior existence of
    a PNF funded NHS R&D Programme is not a requirement, hoNIHRver, and where existing
    programmes are being continued, it is essential that the proposed work is a programme of applied
    health research which meets the criteria of breadth, coherence, relevance, application within a 3-5
    year timescale, etc., outlined in this guidance. The rating given by DH to existing NHS R&D
    Programmes in its assessment of R&D Annual Reports is not relevant to this new funding stream
    and will not be taken into account in the assessment of applications

Competition 2
Competition launch                                                Early April 2007
Registration of intention to submit deadline                      27th April 2007 , 5:00pm
Outline Application submission deadline                           11th June 2007 , 5:00pm
Notification of outcome of Outline Application                    Late July 2007
Full Application submission deadline                              22nd October 2007 , 5:00pm
Notification of outcome of Full Application                       Late February 2008

Competition 3
Competition launch                                                Late June 2007
Registration of intention to submit deadline                      30th July 2007 , 5:00pm
Outline Application submission deadline                           8th October 2007 , 5:00pm
Notification of outcome of Outline Application                    December 2007
Full Application submission deadline                              18th February 2008 , 5:00pm
Notification of outcome of Full Application                       Late June 2008

Competition 4
Competition launch                                                Early April 2008
Registration of intention to submit deadline                      28th April 2008 , 5:00pm
Outline Application submission deadline                           9th June 2008 , 5:00pm
Notification of outcome of Outline Application                    Late July 2008
Full Application submission deadline                              20th October 2008 , 5:00pm
Notification of outcome of Full Application                       Late February 2009




1
 Frascati Manual 2002: Proposed Standard Practice for Surveys of Research and Experimental
Development, OECD, Paris, 2002

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2           Projects

2.1         Research for the Patient Benefit

http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk/site/callsproposals/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. Funded research projects are likely to fall into the areas of health service research and
public health research, although other areas are not excluded from the programme. The research
projects will use quantitative or qualitative methods to:
    • study the provision and use of NHS services;
    • evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions;
    • examine the resource utilisation of alternative means for healthcare delivery;
    • formally scrutinise innovations and developments; and
    • pilot or consider the feasibility of projects requiring major grant applications to other funders.

Project grants should be up to 36 months duration with a total maximum cost of £250k including
overheads. RfPB Project grants will also fund pilot studies, feasibility studies, meta-analysis,
modelling studies and so forth.

Potential applicants should visit the programme NIHRbsite for news and for the most up-to-date
information


Competition 3
Registration of intention to submit deadline                      11 April 2007, 5 PM
Submission Deadline                                               23 May 2007, 5 PM
Declaration and Signatures deadline                               30 May 2007, 5 PM
Submission Outcome                                                13 October 2007, 5 PM

Competition 4
Registration of intention to submit deadline                      10 August 2007, 5 PM
Submission Deadline                                               21 September 2007, 5 PM
Declaration and Signatures deadline                               28 September 2007, 5 PM
Submission Outcome                                                16 February 2008, 5 PM

Competition 5
Registration of intention to submit deadline                      03 January 2008, 5 PM
Submission Deadline                                               08 February 2008, 5 PM
Declaration and Signatures deadline                               15 February 2007, 5 PM
Submission Outcome                                                06 June 2008, 5 PM




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2.2          Research for Innovation Speculation and Creativity (RISC)

http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk/site/programmes/risc/default.cfm]

The RISC programme will support potentially paradigm-changing projects in Health Services and
Public Health Research. The aim is to fund new and radical ideas for health research that have
potential for high impact but which are unlikely to fair NIHRll in traditional peer review processes.
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NIHR programmes apply the Frascati definition of applied research ; i.e. that applied research is
original investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge, which is directed primarily
towards a specific practical aim or objective.

Competition Launch Date                                    9am, 2nd April 2007
Submission Deadline                                        5pm, 29th May 2007
Outcome Date                                               5pm, 16th July 2007

2.3          New and Emerging Applications of Technology (NEAT)

http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk/site/docdatabase/neat/default.cfm

NEAT covers all areas of health and social care where new or innovative technological approaches can
be developed. Projects meeting the national priorities as specified in the NHS Plan are particularly
NIHRlcome.

The programme involves initiatives in both the life and physical sciences. The main aim of the
programme is to promote and support through applied research, the use of new or emerging technologies
to develop health care products and interventions to enhance the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of
health and social care. The research will be strategic and applied in nature, and will have the potential
(although not necessarily a direct aim) for generating both intellectual property and cost reducing
products and interventions. The main purpose of this programme is to overcome a development barrier
and its outputs must have wide applicability and be capable of exploitation.

The NEAT programme will shortly be replaced by the new Invention for Innovation programme. Further
information about the Invention for Innovation programme will be available shortly from the Central
Commissioning Facility NIHRbsite (http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk).

2.3.1        Translation Research

The New and Emerging Applications of Technology programme wishes to invite outline proposals for
strategic applied research which utilises recent advances in fundamental knowledge and technology
to develop products and interventions for improved health and social care or for disease prevention
and treatment.
Call opens                                                        10th May 2007
Deadline for submission of outlines                               5pm, 5th July 2007
Invite full applications                                          5pm, 5th October 2007
Deadline for submission of full applications                      5pm, 16th November 2007
Application outcome                                               5pm, 3rd March 2008




2
 Frascati Manual 2002: Proposed Standard Practice for Surveys of Research and Experimental
Development, OECD, Paris, 2002

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2.3.2         Feasibility Study projects

The purpose of this funding stream is to apply advances in fundamental knowledge and technology to the
development of new products and interventions for improved health and social care or for disease prevention
and treatment. Funds are available for a number of short projects of up to 12 months duration to obtain proof of
principle for technology applications currently at the preliminary stages of development.

Grants will be awarded in the region of £10K-£70K. Feasibility study bids that seek short-term recruitment of
new staff will not be supported, the research detailed in the application must be carried out by current members
of your research organisation.

Call opens                                                               10th May 2007
Deadline for submission of full applications                             5pm, 5th July 2007
Application outcome                                                      5pm, 5th October 2007


2.4           HTA Clinical Trials

http://www.hta.ac.uk/calls/index.htm

The NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme has a responsive funding stream for clinical trials to
assess the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS.
Grants are available for pragmatic clinical trials of the sort already funded by the HTA programme, but on
topics proposed by the researchers. Researchers are invited to submit outline primary research proposals on
an ongoing basis. The HTA intend to consider applications twice a year and there are cut-off deadlines for
proposals to reach the NCCHTA offices so they can be assessed. The next cut-off date will be 16 January
2008 (13.00 hrs).

Application            Researchers are invited to submit outline primary research proposals on an ongoing
deadline               basis.
Cut-off deadline       16 January 2008 (13.00 hrs).


2.5           Health Technology Devices (HTD)

http://www.healthtechnologyportal.org.uk/scripts/default.asp?sid=5

The HTD programme is inviting proposals for projects concerning:
    Medical devices (including tissue engineering and trauma care devices);
    Devices that interact with medical devices used in the NHS;
    Novel information technology development that enables a significant improvement in the
      performance of healthcare technologies;
    Healthcare devices for use in the community and patient home.

Project teams must contain at least one industrial partner and at least one research-based partner, and
projects are limited to a maximum of 3 years.

Application deadline                             Monday 2 July 2007.
Cut-off deadline                                 16 January 2008 (13.00 hrs).


HTD is expected to close to new applications at the end of January 2008, and the programme itself is
expected to close at the end of January 2011 with the completion of the final projects.



C McGrath
Head of R&D (SUHT)



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