National Institute of Health Research

HS&DR researcher-led funding opportunities

The researcher-led workstream welcomes outline proposals on topics or research questions identified by researchers within the programme’s remit.

This page contains all the documents and information you need to complete your proposal form for the HS&DR Programme’s researcher-led workstream. Please read the instructions carefully.

The following funding opportunities are available:

ReferenceDeadlineSpecification document
Guidance notes
17/05 - Researcher-led (standard)
27 April 2017, by 1pm
Access specification document (pdf, 117.49 KB)Link open in a new windowAccess guidance notes (pdf, 752.52 KB)Link open in a new windowApply
17/06 - Researcher-led (Evidence Synthesis)
27 April 2017, by 1pmAccess specification document (pdf, 117.54 KB) Link open in a new windowAccess guidance notes (pdf, 449.24 KB) Link open in a new windowApply


Recent changes to the application process

For applications for evidence synthesis research, the HS&DR researcher-led workstream now operates a one-stage straight to full application process (this does not apply to evidence synthesis applications responding to a call in the commissioned workstream). 

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 when calls are open. You should also refer to the application form guidance notes which can be found next to the ‘Apply' button.

Anyone can submit an idea for a research topic. If you would like to suggest a topic relating to healthcare where you feel more research is needed, please send it to

You can sign up for HS&DR Programme funding alerts and bulletins by emailing us at Please give your name, job title and organisation in the body of the message.

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.