National Institute of Health Research

HS&DR commissioned funding opportunities

The HS&DR commissioned workstream focuses on evaluating models of service delivery and interventions which have the potential to improve service effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. There are three rounds, with up to nine separate call topics per year.

This page contains all the documents and information you need to complete your proposal form. Please read the instructions carefully.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Rapid Service Evaluation Research Team 

Please see full details below (ref 16/138). A free briefing event to support this call will be held in central London on 8 February 2017. Please register here for further details, and to book a place (limited spaces).

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the following topics:

Topic DeadlineCommissioning briefGuidance notesApply
16/138 – Call for Expressions of Interest: Rapid Service Evaluation Research Team  
6 April 2017, by 1pm

Access specification document (pdf, 285.86 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting document 1 (pdf, 237.94 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting document 2 (pdf, 255.88 KB)  Link open in a new window

Access guidance notes (docx, 31.38 KB) Link open in a new window

Supporting information

*Please note: This document is to be used as a guide and to assist with completion of the on-line application form only, for example to see how many characters are accepted in each section and how the printed complete form is laid out will look. Please do not try to use this as an application form, you must apply using the online form available through the links available when calls are open. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes which can be found next to the ‘Apply Now’ button. 

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance (pdf, 203.37 KB) before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.

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