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.

Highlight notice -  Evaluating leadership development in health and care 

We are interested in receiving outline applications which address knowledge gaps on effective forms of leadership development for health and care. For more information please see the relevant specification document in the table below. A web presentation explaining the highlight notice background and requirements is available to view via the following link: HS&DR Leadership Highlight Notice Web Presentation.

Research into mesothelioma

For this funding round, we are particularly interested in receiving high quality proposals on any aspect of mesothelioma, its prevention, earlier diagnosis, treatment or care (including palliative care) – where there are likely to be benefits for patients or their families. This is part of the NIHR-wide Themed Call on mesothelioma.


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 hsdrinfo@southampton.ac.uk.

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

All projects need to consider whether a programme appointed Study Steering Committee will be required and it is important that you read the SSC guidance before completing your application. You may also find the HS&DR SSC checklist for applicants useful.


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