National Institute of Health Research

HTA researcher-led funding opportunities

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

We can verify this for you if you complete and submit a remit check form.

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

 

ReferenceDeadline
Specification document
Guidance notes
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16/111 - Researcher-led, Expression of Interest to Full30 November 2016, by 1pmAccess specification document (pdf, 111.81 KB) Link open in a new windowAccess guidance notes (pdf, 275.93 KB) Link open in a new windowApply
16/110 - Researcher-led, Evidence Synthesis Full 30 November 2016, by 1pmAccess specification document (pdf, 111.81 KB) Link open in a new windowAccess guidance notes (pdf, 429.74 KB)Link open in a new windowApply
 

View commissioning briefs of continuing interest.  

New HTA Expression of Interest application form 

The HTA Programme is pleased to be piloting a new Expression of Interest (EoI) application form, which is designed to replace the outline form. EoIs prioritised by the HTA Programme's panels will proceed to a funding board, with any short-listed applications invited to proceed directly to a full proposal. 

We hosted a webinar on 13 November 2014 presented by Dr Peter Davidson and Dr Martin Ashton-Key, introducing the new Expression of Interest form. You may find this helpful when preparing for your application. Watch the webinar Link open in a new window 

Contact us

If you have any feedback on this new form, please email htacet@soton.ac.uk. For help and support using the form, please contact us on 023 8059 5544. 


Call timelines 

Primary research applications received at the call close on 1pm Friday 8 April 2016, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in June 2016. Those applications from this round which are agreed priorities for the NHS will be considered by the CET Funding Board on 19/20 July 2016. The CET Funding Board will assess for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Decisions from this Board will be communicated to applicants by the end of July 2016.  Following this meeting successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.  Applicants will then have eight weeks to complete a full application form for it to be considered at the November 2016 CET Funding Board.

Full applications for evidence synthesis research received at the call close on 1pm Thursday 5 May 2016, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in June 2016. They will then be considered by a funding board in September 2016 with decisions communicated to applicants in late October 2016. 

 

Primary research applications received at the call close on 1pm Wednesday 10 August 2016, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in October 2016. Those applications from this round which are agreed priorities for the NHS will be considered by the CET Funding Board on 15/16 November 2016. The CET Funding Board will assess for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Decisions from this Board will be communicated to applicants by the end of November 2016.  Following this meeting successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.  Applicants will then have eight weeks to complete a full application form for it to be considered at the March 2017 CET Funding Board.

Full applications for evidence synthesis research received at our 10 August 2016 call close, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in October 2016. They will then be considered by the HTA General Board on 29 November 2016 with decisions communicated to applicants in January 2017. 

 

Primary research applications received at the call close on 1pm Wednesday 30 November 2016, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in February 2017. Those applications from this round which are agreed priorities for the NHS will be considered by the CET Funding Board on 21/22 March 2017. The CET Funding Board will assess for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Decisions from this Board will be communicated to applicants by the end of March 2017. Following this meeting successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.  Applicants will then have eight weeks to complete a full application form for it to be considered at the July CET Funding Board.

Full applications for evidence synthesis research received at the call close on 1pm Wednesday 30 November 2016, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in February 2017. They will then be considered by the HTA General Board in March 2017 with decisions communicated to applicants in late April 2017. 

 

If it is necessary for these timelines to change we will keep applicants updated.


Funding rounds in 2015-2016

There are three funding rounds a year for this workstream, the cut-off dates for applications are:

  • Friday 8 April 2016 or Thursday 5 May 2016
  • Wednesday 10 August 2016
  • Wednesday 30 November 2016
  • Wednesday 5 April 2017
  • Wednesday 9 August 2017
  • Tuesday 5 December 2017
View the Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board members

 

Please note the following

The programme reserves the right to review and develop potentially important research areas for the NHS highlighted during the assessment of unsuccessful researcher-led applications.  Research topics may be further developed with the aim of openly funding further research to address NHS priorities. Research assessed as an NHS priority will be advertised as a commissioning brief (i.e. a call inviting research proposals in a specified topic area addressing an NHS need). All briefs are openly advertised and proposals submitted to address a brief are considered in direct competition. 

The programme obtains topic suggestions from a wide range of sources and on occasion proposals may be submitted to the researcher–led (CET) streams which are on a similar topic area as one in development via our commissioned stream. Please note that commissioning briefs take priority over applications to researcher led funding calls. If an Expression of Interest (EoI) is submitted on a similar topic to a commissioning brief or any proposed research areas for HTA commissioned calls, it will not be considered and either:

  • once the commissioning brief is advertised, the applicant can tailor their application to the commissioning brief and submit it in response to this
or
  • if a decision is made not to advertise a commissioning brief, applicants can apply through the researcher-led workstream in the usual way.


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’ button.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Trial 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. 

You may find the following presentations helpful when preparing your application: 


Queries and problems

If you have queries or problems preparing your proposal please use our FAQ section which provides advice and guidance based on previous queries we have received.

The HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials team. Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5544 or +44 (0)23 8059 6974 (24 hour answer phone), Fax: 023 8059 5639, Email: htacet@soton.ac.uk

In line with the government’s transparency agenda, any contract resulting from this tender may be published in its entirety to the general public. Further information on the transparency agenda is at: http://transparency.number10.gov.uk/#