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Research programmes

The 'Research Programmes hub page' page provides overarching information about all of the NIHR’s research programme activities.

The Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) manages the following NIHR research programmes:

To complement existing NIHR funding streams, the NIHR is designating:

The HPRUs competition has closed. An announcement of successful Universities was made in a press release issued by the Department of Health in December 2013. The BTRUs competition is now open for applications.

Following a comprehensive review at the end of 2010, the Research for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity (RISC) programme is now closed and no further competitions will be held. Existing grants continue to be managed by the CCF.

For other sources of NIHR research funding, please return to the main NIHR Research page.

Research Schools

The NIHR Research Schools also report into CCF:

Patient and Public Involvement 

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is core to CCF’s review and commissioning process. 

Engaging patients and members of the public in research leads to treatments that meet their needs, is more reliable and more likely to be put into practice.

Lay participation is welcomed, with an open call for the registration of new lay reviewers.

Find out more about getting going as a research reviewer.

Researchers seeking NIHR funding through CCF should visit each programme page for more ideas about how to involve patients and other members of the public in their research.

News and call dates

For all the latest CCF news and communication visit the news page and for an overview of all research programme call dates visit the CCF calls page. To view the monthly CCF newsletter just click the link on the right.

You can subscribe to RSS feeds on the NIHR home page for news and calls.

The CCF is leading on the Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research data collection exercise from providers of NHS services:  more information can be found here.


Programme Grants for Applied Research

Substantial awards for leading applied health research groups to tackle high priority health issues.

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Research for Patient Benefit

Regionally commissioned NHS research arising from daily practice to contribute to improvements.

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Invention for Innovation

Advancing healthcare technologies through guided progression of innovative medical product prototypes.

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