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.

Highlight notice: organisation and quality of end of life care services

In addition to the current funding round, we also welcome proposals around the organisation and quality of care in the last year of life.

This includes research to identify cost-effective models of specialist palliative care and evaluation of other promising service innovations to provide joined-up, person-centred care to those at the end of life.

Researchers should note priority areas of research need, as identified in the recent JLA/Marie Curie exercise, as well as the continuing uncertainties highlighted in the NIHR themed review on end of life research published in December 2015.  

The following funding opportunities are available:

ReferenceDeadlineSpecification document
Guidance notes
16/01 - standard outline proposal14 April 2016, by 1pm

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16/02 - evidence synthesis full proposal14 April 2016, by 1pm

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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 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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