The National Institute for Health Research invites proposals for the researcher-led workstream of its health services and delivery research programme. This workstream focuses on research into the quality, appropriateness, effectiveness, equity and patient experience of health services. Research should lead to improvements in health services that will be of greatest benefit to the NHS and to patients. This workstream has a continued interest in applications for research in areas highlighted as a priority in previous NIHR themed calls. Applicants may submit either a standard outline proposal or an evidence synthesis full proposal.
Large scale studies of national importance are particularly encouraged in this call, including primary research projects that:
•address an issue of major strategic importance to the NHS, with the cost in line with the significance of the problem to be investigated;
•are likely to lead to changes in practice that will have a significant impact on a large number of patients across the UK;
•aim to fill a clear evidence gap, and are likely to generate new knowledge of direct relevance to the NHS;
•have the potential for findings to be applied to other conditions or situations outside the immediate area of research;
•bring together a team with strong expertise and track record across the full range of relevant disciplines;
•will be carried out across more than one research site.
NHS organisations, universities and other organisations in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply. NIHR will fund HEIs at a maximum of 80 per cent of full economic cost, and non-HEIs at 100 per cent of full economic cost.
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